North Kent Connect Offers Client Drive-up Food Service



All other services closed for the time being.

ROCKFORD, Mich., March 23, 2020 – To reduce the spread of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) North Kent Connect (NKC) will be open for client food distribution only through April 6, 2020. Donations of food and household goods will not be accepted at this time, and the NKC Thrift Store and Farm Stand are closed as well.

“We know this is a difficult time for everyone, but particularly for clients struggling to keep food on the table,” said Claire Guisfredi, executive director at NKC. “As long as we are able to provide food in a safe manner, we will remain open for our clients.”

Starting Wednesday, March 25, NKC will allow clients to drive up to the building to receive their monthly Pantry items on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. through April 13.

Federal Commodities will be held at Rockford Reformed Church on Thursday, March 26, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

In addition, all client classes offered at NKC are cancelled, as well as tax preparation services.

How you can help:

As we limit personal contact by closing our donation area and distributing pre-packaged boxes of food to our clients, we are asking our community to purchase a food box for $13.75 through our website, Each box will provide a family of four with five meals, and includes items such as canned and boxed foods, fresh fruits and vegetables, and dairy items.

For the most up-to-date information about NKC closures or food resources, visit

About North Kent Connect

North Kent Connect (formerly North Kent Community Services) is a nonprofit organization that envisions a community of thriving people and connects people to the resources they need to move forward. Founded in 1973, North Kent Connect is committed to improving the lives of all people in northern Kent County by providing access to basic needs and promoting economic independence through its educational classes. NKC hosts several partner agencies including West Michigan Works! and Arbor Circle. Visit for more information.

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Media Contact: Aimee Baskovic
Director of Communications
North Kent Connect
Direct: (616) 884-4353
Mobile: (248) 758-8113

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