Holiday Food Drive | Oct. 30 - Dec. 31, 2017

The annual Holiday Food Drive, in partnership with Biggby and Feeding America, ran through December 31, 2017.

Thank you to everyone who helped us receive 33,032 pounds!

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 people who are experiencing hunger and homelessness in the greater Grand Rapids area.

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 or Mel Trotter Thrift Stores locations.  

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

Ready to set up a food drive? Contact Doreen Sturgis at 616-588-8721 or

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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Holiday Food Drive