Food Assistance and Other Community Resources
Michigan 2-1-1: Michigan 2-1-1 operators offer help in 180+ languages to help you find resources for a variety of needs, including child care, food, housing, paying bills and other needs. Residents can get connected with resources in our community anytime through Michigan 2-1-1 by:
- Calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-887-1107
- Texting their zip code to 898211
- Or searching online
Food Assistance: Many organizations have stepped up to offer food assistance during this time. Please click the links to each organization’s website below for the latest information on hours and instructions.
- Buist Community Center – 8306 Byron Center Ave. SW, Byron Center
- Byron Community Ministries – 8250 Byron Creek Drive, Byron Center
- Catholic Charities West Michigan’s God’s Kitchen – 303 S. Division Ave., Grand Rapids
- Family Network of Wyoming – 1029 44th St., Wyoming
- Fair Food Network's Double Up Food Bucks – Multiple locations
- Feeding America West Michigan – Multiple Locations
- Flat River Outreach Ministries - 11535 Fulton St. E, Lowell
- Fred Meijer Deliveries – Request a care package online
- Grand Rapids Community College – Juan R. Olivarez Student Plaza, Lyon Street
- Grand Rapids Public Schools – Multiple locations
- Green Apple Pantry – 4307 Kalamazoo Ave. SE, Grand Rapids (Kent County Community Action food boxes will be distributed through The Green Apple Pantry during pantry hours Wednesday, June 10 -Thursday June 25 -- Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Neighbors can call the pantry when they arrive at 616.455.9411 or come to the entrance for self-declaration of information.)
- Heartside Gleaning Initiative – 1111 Godfrey Ave. SE, Suite 250, Grand Rapids
- Kent County Community Action – 121 Franklin St. SE, Suite 110, Grand Rapids
- Kent ISD District Food Plans – Multiple locations
- Kentwood’s Little Free Pantry – 355 48th St. SE, Kentwood
- Kentwood Public Schools – Multiple locations + translated letters
- North End Community Ministry – 214 Spencer NE, Grand Rapids
- Northwest Food Pantry – 1224 Dave Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
- Meals on Wheels Western Michigan – Multiple locations
- North Kent Connect – 10075 Northland Drive NE, Rockford
- Other Way Ministries – 710 Fulton St. W, Grand Rapids
- South End Community Outreach Ministries – 1545 Buchanan Ave. SW, Grand Rapids
- Streams of Hope - 280 60th Street SE, Grand Rapids
- United Church Outreach Ministry – 1311 Chicago Dr. SW, Wyoming
- YMCA & Kids' Food Basket – Multiple locations
Child Care Services: If you are parent or family member who is in the essential workforce and in need child care, you can go online to complete this form with your child care needs or call 2-1-1 for help.
Housing Assistance: If you need help paying housing bills or other essential services, call 2-1-1. Additionally, check with your mortgage companies as some are offering mortgage assistance and relief options to those impacted by COVID-19. These local organizations may also be able to help:
- Grand Rapids Urban League – 616.245.2207
- Home Repair Services - 616.241.2601
- Inner City Christian Federation – 616.336.9333
For Michigan businesses and residents affected by May 18 severe storms and flooding:
Information regarding low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration can be found at: disasterloanassistance.sba.gov. The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Aug. 28, 2020. The deadline to return economic injury applications is March 29, 2021.
Businesses and individuals may also obtain information and loan applications by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at 1-800-659-2955 (1-800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing), or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Loan applications can also be downloaded at sba.gov. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Business Resources: A list of resources and information for Michigan businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found at www.michiganbusiness.org/covid19 and COVIDWM.org. More coronavirus-related resources follow. For general information for investors and those looking to do business in Kentwood, click here.
- The State of Michigan has launched the Michigan COVID-19 Safety Grant Program, which will provide small businesses matching funds up to $10,000 to decrease the risk of COVID-19 spread. The initial grant application window will be open from Monday, July 27 through Friday, Aug. 7, Learn more here.
- Grants of up to $20,000 will support Michigan’s small businesses that are reopening and have experienced a loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 crisis through the Michigan Small Business Restart Program. Applications will be live starting July 15 through Aug. 5.
- The Kent County Small Business Recovery Program was recently launched to deliver short-term, financial support to small businesses. Learn more here.
- In an effort to support Kentwood businesses and jumpstart the local economy, the City of Kentwood has reduced regulations and expedited the site plan review process for temporary outdoor retail, food, beverage and personal service uses. Learn more at kentwood.us/businessrestart.
- Employers can visit kentcountybacktowork.com to access safety guidelines, best practices and other resources for safely reopening their businesses.
- Need PPE for your employees? The Right Place has compiled a list of West Michigan manufacturers that are producing much of the most commonly needed PPE. To view the directory, click here.
- The MEDC has partnered with Reopen Main Street to compile a variety of recovery resources into one, easy-to-use website: michigan.reopenmainstreet.com. The new website includes reopening strategies, ideas, hints and tips for businesses, business districts and organizations.
- An additional $310 billion was approved to extend the Paycheck Protection Program to provide forgivable federal loans through the U.S. Small Business Administration. Small business owners who have previously applied for PPP funding are encouraged to verify the status of their pending application with their lender. More information on how to apply for the SBA Paycheck Protection Program is available at MIpaycheckprotection.com.
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation has launched the Save Small Business Fund, which is a collective effort to provide $5,000 grants to as many small employers as possible.
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