Ideas and ways to coordinate, collect food, clothing, and personal care items

No matter what your budget or schedule holds, there is always a way you can make a difference. Not all donations are monetary. Through volunteering, fundraising, and coordinating food and clothing drives for North Kent Connect, you can find the opportunity that works best for you. For more information, contact Scott Christie at (616) 866-3478, ext. 356, or

Types of Drives

We’re frequently asked what items are needed in our pantry. (All pantry and food items are free to NKC clients.)

Hold a Food Drive

Items Most Needed:

  • Canned Fruit (low sugar)
  • Cereal (low sugar)
  • Canned Soup (low sodium)
  • Canned Veggies (low sodium)
  • Toothpaste (full-size tubes)
  • Laundry Detergent

North Kent Connect has a Healthy Food Policy! We made this institutional change for our families because we care about their well-being. We heard from clients that they appreciated pantries with fresh food, lean proteins, and dairy. Help us keep the Market Pantry (formerly the Food Pantry) stocked with fresh, nutritious food. Read our Healthy Food Policy and our Donation Guide to learn more.

Hold a Personal Care Items Drive

Enlist the help of your church, neighborhood or civic group and collect the items most needed by our Market Pantry. Personal care items most needed are: feminine hygiene products, laundry soap, and toilet paper.

Hold a Clothing Drive

Donate your gently used clothing or household items to the North Kent Connect Store.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is your biggest need?
    Our biggest need depends on the season. Please contact our front desk at (616) 866-3478 for more information.
  2. Can you pick up donations?
    If you are a business, church, or organization hosting a drive for us, we can pick up your donations. Please give us at least a week’s notice to arrange for transportation.
  3. I’m hosting a drive. How can I spread the word?
    Aimee Baskovic, our Communications Director would be happy to discuss how you can promote your food or clothing drive. Please contact her through our online form.