During the summer months the North Kent Service Center’s food pantry is depleted by all the extra food requests. With children home during the summer months, families need to provide three meals instead of one. When in school many children receive both breakfast and lunch. Summer is one of their busiest times for emergency food requests. This summer NKSC is looking to supply extra food for 2,800 families who have school age children. They hope to lessen the burden of those summer luncheons that families now have to provide. Please if you are able to-collect lunch items for families, to help those who are struggling right here in our own back yards and neighborhoods. Some of the food items needed are: hotdogs, cereal, mashed potatoes, chips-potato, taco, corn chips and pretzels, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter and jelly, individual wrapped snacks, drink boxes, fresh fruit, canned spaghetti-o’s, spaghetti, soups, cheese slices, canned fruit, cookies, snacks and canned meats.
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The North Kent Community has again stepped up to the plate to “Help Our Neighbors in Need.” Merle Post of Post Farms has designated one acre of land to allow NKSC to plant a garden. With this project, we will be able to provide fresh vegetables to our clients this season. We are inviting the community to help us plan our “garden.” Please join us on Tuesday evening, May 26, at 6 p.m. at the North Kent Service Center, 10075 Northland Dr. (just north of 12 Mile) for a planning meeting. We look forward to your suggestions and input. Besides the usual garden vegetables, we are also hoping to plant raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. Any donations to help the cause would be appreciated. To have your group volunteer to help tend our garden, call Karen Sanders at (616) 866-3478.
Grocer’s food donation program raised nearly $300,000 for food pantries last December With local food banks facing shortfalls this spring, supercenter chain Meijer is re-launching its Simply Give food donation program to help restock the shelves of local food pantries, including the North Kent Service food pantry. The announcement was made by Hank Meijer’s co-chairman and CEO of the Grand Rapids, Michigan-based retailer. “The need to restock and replenish our local food banks and food pantries is greater than ever, so we are encouraging our customers to join us again in reaching out to lend a helping hand to those in need,” said Meijer. “We’re committed to making a difference in all the communities where we do business, and this is just another example of the importance we place on being an active member of the community. The program, which will runs through May 30, encourages Meijer’s shoppers to purchase a $10 Meijer food pantry donation card at special displays throughout the store, as well as inside Meijer gas stations and convenience stops. The donation card will then be converted into Meijer Gift Cards given to local food pantries selected by the store. (The $10 amount reflects a typical bag of groceries at Meijer.) Meijer will once again seed the program with overall donation of $100,000 in grocery gift cards that will be divided equally among all the participating food pantries. As part of the program, each Meijer store selected one local food pantry to receive its donations. The program was initially introduced this past November in all markets served by Meijer. The program, which ran through the holidays, raised nearly $300,000 for local food pantries, as Meijer customers donation of $187,000 and Meijer contributed $100,000 in grocery gift cards to 185 local food pantries. “The North Kent Service Center has been selected as the recipient store for the Rockford Meijer and the newest Meijer’s store opening in Cedar Springs on May 6, 2009. “The North Kent Service Center was the recipient of the ‘Simply Give’ program during the 2008 holiday seasons and received $3,000 from the community Meijer in Rockford. These funds were our saving grace during the Christmas season and assisted us purchasing a large portion of the food needed for the 1,000+ […]
by CHRISTINE BIGNEY Rotarians from Rockford, Sparta, Grand Rapids North and Cedar Springs gathered at the Wolverine World Wide Corporate Headquarters for an evening of camaraderie, hors d’oeuvres and the chance to bid on favorite art pieces, all for a good cause. North Kent Service Center was the recipient of the Rotarian’s bidding efforts for the 2009 Art Gala. Eight thousand in art was sold, with $2,000 collected from the silent auction. Final donation percentage was not known at press time. Michele DeSelms from WXMI emceed the program. She introduced John and Connie Decker as the honorary co-chairs. They welcomed the guests to the auction. “2009 is going to be more in need than 2008, Decker said. “Everything you do here tonight raises awareness, but it also does so much more. What we raise tonight will go a long way.” Sandy Waite, Director of North Kent Service Center stated that the proceeds of the auctions will go towards helping families in the area who are in need. “These are families that never had to use us before. These are your neighbors. These are people who used to donate to Kent Service Center. Now they are coming to us in need of our help.” Although bidding was sluggish, Auctioneer Steve Little auctioned the art pieces off quickly, showing over 165 items in two hours. Available for auction were prints, oils, serigraphs, lithographs, sports collectibles and some various art objects such as a huge eucalyptus wreath and hand blown glass vases. Little kept the audience alert by interjecting humor throughout the night. While explaining the bidding system, Little said, “…And remember: the more you pay for it, the more you’ll enjoy it.” This elicited a few smiles and laughter. Some of the highlighted pieces of art during the evening were several hand-signed J. Wooster Scott’s, a hand-signed Salvidor Dali, and a hand-signed Marc Chagall lithograph, which went to a local businessman for $1,975. Other items auctioned off were a special vacation time-share week anywhere in the world, donated by Rick and Jill Eriksen; a three day, two night package at a beautiful cabin in Kalkaska was donated by RCI; a whole-home humidifier was donated by Blakeslee and Son Heating and Cooling; a stained glass lamp was donated […]
Gene Parker takes plunge for $1,035 No good deed goes unpunished and for annual Splash announcer and radio personality Gene Parker, the saying was certainly true Saturday. Parker, who kindly donates his time and talent to many Rockford events, was cheerfully doing a great job Saturday during the 14th annual Sweetheart Splash at the Rockford dam when Rotarian Rick Ehinger decided to ratchet up the crowd’s incentive to donate. He said he’d pitch in $200 to see Parker take the plunge into the Rogue. Parker waffled, saying he wasn’t prepared for a dip in the drink and John Decker and Sandy Waite both upped the ante by another hundred each. With $400 on the line in the fundraiser for the North Kent Service Center, local businesses, Splash jumpers and members of the crowd began throwing in the dough to total an impressive $1,035 guaranteeing Parker’s plunge (and probably the end of donating his time for Splash). With 30 jumpers and an air temperature of 30 degrees, the event went smoothly and was well attended. Rockford Quick Lube team again stole the show with their group jump. Without the Jaycees, who disbanded this year on what would have been the group’s 50th anniversary, competition was low. The Quick Lubies made it up to the crowd with a great limbo routine and challenging other local businesses to up the ante next year with more team groups. Connie Taylor of the Rockford Community Federal Credit Union called the jump very successful with over $2,000 raised for NKSC. Past good hauls included the year Herman’s Boy’s Floyd Havemeier went in at age 65, raising $5,000 from the many people who paid to see him go under.