Fall Food Drive | Oct. 20 - Dec. 31

The holidays are straight ahead, and many of our neighbors here in Grand Rapids are hungry, alone and facing the grim prospect of a “homeless” holiday season. You can help by supporting our annual Fall Food Drive. Look for our ad and drop-off locations in The Press on Thursday, October 15. The drive will run from October 20 through December 31. Our goal is to receive 50,000 pounds of food. 

If you aren’t able to bring your donations of food in to the Mission, please consider making a donation of $50, to help fill our barrels. Your donation will help feed the hungry, homeless and hurting that use our Food Pantry.

Food or heat? Fruit or medicine? Underemployment, illness, and substandard housing results in choosing between necessities like these. Mel Trotter Ministries' Food Pantry can help. But we need your help! Will you fill a barrel with the food items listed below to restock our shelves? Drop off donations at any of these Biggby Coffee, Chemical Bank, or Mel Trotter Thrift Stores locations 

Encourage your workplace, school, or church to participate!
 Collection barrels and food pick-up are available. 

Special thanks to our sponsors, The Grand Rapids Press, Chemical Bank, and Biggby Coffee for helping to make this worthwhile event possible. 

Needed Food Items

Please do not donate expired food
Because Mel Trotter seeks to encourage healthy food choices, fat-free, low-fat, low-sodium, reduced sugar, and multi-grain varieties of the following are appreciated:

Beans – baked, dried or canned

Peanut butter

Canned vegetables

Canned chicken, tuna, beef, or pork

Canned sweet potatoes / yams

Canned fruit


Canned tomatoes

Potatoes – boxed

Spaghetti sauce

Stuffing mix


Cranberry sauce

Breakfast Cereals

Jell-O or pudding mix

Pancake mix and syrup

Powdered gravy mix

Cake, muffin & bread mixes

Soups (cream, chicken noodle, etc.) - Low Sodium

Macaroni & cheese

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Fall Food Drive