Client Choice Food Pantry
UCOM is the ACCESS key resource center for Southwest Kent County serving Grandville, most of Wyoming, and a portion of southwest Grand Rapids. UCOM operates one of the largest pantries in the city. In 2010 UCOM provided groceries for nearly half a million meals for more than 50,000 people. Starting January 1st, 2016 the food pantry is open to those in need on Tuesdays from 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Wednesdays from 9:00 am-3:00 pm, Thursdays from 2:00 pm-8:00 pm and Fridays from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Office hours are Monday through Friday 9:00 am-5:00 pm.
As a client choice pantry and one of the largest key resources centers in West Michigan, UCOM is dedicated to making sure those in need of food assistance never have to go without. People living in the UCOM service area are able to access the pantry once a month and receive a three day emergency supply of healthful and delicious food. Committed to personal empowerment, UCOM has encouraged our clients to select their own food for over seven years.
To better enable clients to select balanced and nutritious food choices UCOM consulted with MSU extension in Grand Rapids to create a food pyramid. With the USDA's decision to phase out the food pyramid in favor of the new food plate, UCOM decided to switch our shopping aids as well. Our new shopping aids contain the same information as our prior pyramid but with an updated look that reflects the current USDA version.
In October of 2010 MSU Extension evaluated the UCOM food pantry using criteria from the USDA. UCOM met or exceeded all of their requirements to be considered a Pyramid Pantry and received a certificate of recognition now on display. Says Necia Knuchel MSUE dietetic intern, "I would like to congratulate you for working to provide healthy food options for your clientele."
In operation of the Client Choice Food Pantry, which includes government commodities, no one will be discriminated against because of race, color, national origin, sex, age or ability. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write to Secretary of Agriculture, Washington DC 20520.