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The Pantry Blog


May 13, 2024 By

On Saturday, a remarkable 14,000 pounds of food were collected and donated to The Green Apple Pantry via the Letter Carrier Food Drive!

Currently, 11 pallets of donations are being meticulously sorted and organized for our neighbors. A heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone who participated, and to Postmaster Andrea along with the team of mail carriers who delivered the donations one truckload at a time. We are immensely grateful!

That’s a wrap! Spring Fling

May 9, 2024 By

May be an image of textOur Spring Fling event was a great success!

We wish to extend our gratitude to the local businesses within the community for their generous contributions to our spring event. Your support paves the way for valuable opportunities that positively impact those in need within our community. A heartfelt thank you!
Furthermore, we express our appreciation to the private donors for their unwavering support. Thank you for your generosity!



  • Christian Brothers Automotive
  • Wolverine Worldwide
  • Alliance Beverage
  • Krispy Kreme Donuts
  • Lowes
  • Home Depot
  • Chick Fil-A
  • Shuil Coffee
  • Boardwalk Subs
  • Barnes and Noble
  • Whole Foods
  • Tai Express
  • Florentines Restaurant
  • Pizza Ranch

2024 Spring Fling Tickets

Mar 17, 2024 By

Tickets are limited for this event. Please Pre-purchase your tickets!

We are proud to announce our annual spring open house, the Plant A Seed and Watch Us Grow event! (Thursday, May 2, 6-8 p.m.) Spring of 2024 is a special season as well as we celebrate 40 years of serving our neighbors and giving back.

The Spring Fling will be held at our The Green Apple Pantry and our own community garden in south Grand Rapids/Kentwood area. Tour the pantry and see for yourself how we benefit our local neighbors.

Local food and delicious Spring Fling beverages will be served for guests and you can see with your own eyes how we help the local community.

Come and see what we are all about or come back to see how things have changed. The Green Apple Pantry is constantly evolving and working towards being as efficient and productive as possible.

Tickets are $40 each and available online for purchase now. 

Proud Recipient of Call Sam Cares from Sam Bernstein Law

Feb 23, 2024 By

We are excited to announce that we are a recipient of the Call Sam Cares program with Sam Bernstein Law Firm. Thank you for helping us give back to our local West Michigan community.

“Thank you to Sam Bernstein Law Firm for the generous donation, support and acknowledgement in the community. We are gracious and humbled,” said Executive Director Nancy Cromley. “Each donation helps us to further our mission of providing for the nutritional needs of our neighbors.”


2024 Women’s Night Out Event

Jan 22, 2024 By

The Green Apple Pantry is proud to host our annual Women’s Night on Tuesday, February 13, 2024 at the pantry.

February 13, 2024 | 6 – 8p.m.

Join us for an evening celebrating the amazing women in our community. This event is for women only; no childcare will be available. Door prizes will be available along with delicious appetizers and some special surprises to pamper yourself.

Please sign up in person or by calling: 616.455.9411

RSVP deadline is February 6, 2024

Giving Tuesday – 11.28.23

Nov 6, 2023 By

Giving Tuesday is a day of generosity, compassion, and kindness. On #GivingTuesday, we invite you to join The Green Apple Pantry in supporting our local community Grand Rapids community and making a difference in the lives of those in need.

🍽️ Why Food Matters: Access to nutritious food is a basic human right, yet many families in our community struggle with food insecurity every day. The Green Apple Pantry is here to provide essential support, ensuring that no one goes to bed hungry.

🌱 How You Can Help: Your contribution, large or small, can make a huge impact. Every dollar you donate helps us provide meals to those who need them most. Whether you can give $5, $50, or even $500, your contribution will go directly towards filling plates and nourishing hearts. 💖

Let’s stand together, hand in hand, to ensure that everyone has access to the most basic human necessity – food. Thank you for being a beacon of hope and making our community stronger, healthier and more compassionate.

Happy Holiday Season!

Dec 8, 2021 By

Happy Holiday Season!

Our first Harvest Open House was held at the pantry in Mid-October. I am happy to say, it was a huge success. A big shout out to everyone who helped make it a memorable event. There is nothing like hosting an event in house. Everyone knows, things must be cleaned, organized, tossed, and painted. Our new garden space was also tidied up! I must say we looked pretty good!

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We Need Your Help Moving Our Garden!

Jun 23, 2021 By

Happy Summer Everyone. One day it is 90 degrees, and then 68! That is weather in Michigan…very uncertain. Just like this past year!

As our families continue to face uncertainty, one thing is certain, Read full post

2021 Update

Feb 1, 2021 By

Here we are well into the start of 2021. What a crazy year 2020 was. At times things were difficult, challenging, and INSPIRING! I am now looking towards Spring 2021 with new hope and excitement.

I would like to express my gratitude to everyone who offered support during 2020. We continue to have volunteers who work in the building, restocking, and packing food, and volunteers who pick up product. Read full post

Summer 2020 Update

Jul 21, 2020 By

Dear Neighbors, Friends, and Community,

It is hard to believe that we have been working under our Covid conditions for 17 weeks. Spring is gone and we are now deep into summer.

We long for normalcy, however we know that normal will look very different in the weeks and months to come.

The Green Apple is taking back volunteers on a scheduled basis. If you are interested in helping us feed our neighbors please contact Yoli via email (at yolifuentes@thegreenapplepantry.org).

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Covid 19 Update

Mar 18, 2020 By

As we move forward towards a new normal, The Green Apple is working hard to ensure that we stay healthy and are able to meet the needs of our neighbors.

We have established a new policy for checking in our neighbors and the distribution of food to those who have a need. This will be a fluid process and we will make mistakes along the way; things may change many times before we get it right.

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1st Annual Women’s Event

Feb 20, 2020 By

Neighbors & Friends!

Thank You For the Support!

Our First Annual Women’s Event Was A Success!!!

We would like to thank everyone who attended, donated to, and volunteered at our first ever Women’s Event! The Green Apple and I Support The Girls served 81 women with 1,627 menstrual products and 172 bras, and 264 pairs of underwear. Read full post

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