Category Archives: Latest News

Because Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

June 7-14 is the date for our 10th Annual Food for Families event. Our goal is to collect 200,000 pounds of food for area food pantries to help over the high-need summer months. All Kent County D&W and Family Fare stores will be collection sites. Please drop off your donation any time during the collection […]

Feedback 2010

Please join us on Sunday, May 23 at 4pm for an evening of fun and entertainment as the Honeytones, Flashback, and the Concussions put on a band benefit concert for Access. This will held at Founder’s Brewing Company at 235 Grandville Ave SW.

Attend Our Next Poverty Simulation

ACCESS cordially invites you to attend our upcoming Poverty Simulation Workshop: Monday, March 8 at Grand Rapids Community College, 6:30pm If you have never attended a Poverty Simulation, now is the time to experience this compelling workshop! If you are interested in attending or have questions, please contact Nicole at (616) 774-2175 x702 or

Scan Away Hunger

From Dec 6 through Dec 26, ACCESS of West Michigan is teaming up with Spartan Stores to “Scan Away Hunger.” At your local Spartan Store check-out you will have the opportunity to add $1.99 to your grocery total to help eliminate poverty in your community. The proceeds will go to ACCESS (if in Kent County) […]

ACCESS and RiverTown Crossings Mall Food Drive

ACCESS and RiverTown Crossings Mall are coming together to hold a food drive to help celebrate the mall’s 10th anniversary! From October 26 to November 5, you can pick up an Anniversary Tote from the mall office filled with special retailer offers and anniversary giveaways!  Fill it with canned or packaged food items and bring […]

2009 County Wide Food Drive is a Success!

TONS of THANKS to all who helped collect over 85 tons of food for the 2009 County Wide Food Drive…and we’re still counting!! Special thanks to our generous community, the media, and over 1,000 volunteers who made the 13th Annual CWFD a major success! We appreciate all of your hard work!

Run for a Good Cause

Gazelle Sports Bridge Run is partnering with ACCESS to help eliminate hunger and poverty in Kent County.  Sign up for a 10 mile run, 10 mile walk, or a 5K run.  On your registration form, check the appropriate box to make your donation go to ACCESS.  For registration and event information, visit the Bridge Run […]

Attend Our Next Poverty Simulation

You are invited to attend our next Poverty Simulation Workshop on Thursday, August 13 at 2:00pm.  The simulation is hosted by Touchstone Innovare at LaGrave CRC.  If you have never attended a Poverty Simulation workshop, now is the time to experience this compelling workshop. If you are interested in attending or have questions please contact […]

Emerging United

Representatives from many nonprofits in Kent County attended a Community Forum titled “Emerging United” that was hosted by the MSU Extension and The Grand Rapids Community Foundation on Thursday, July 16, 2009.  The program included three speakers followed by roundtable discussions in order to identify opportunities for nonprofit collaboration and sustainability.  The conversations that took […]

Thank You for a Successful 13 Food for Families!

Thanks to everyone who supported the ninth annual 13 Food for Families event.  So far, we have collected over 305,000 pounds of greatly needed food supplies! The collected items will be distributed to pantries in the TV 13 viewing area in July. Special thanks to our partners: WZZM, Spartan Stores and Two Men and a […]