NOW Pantry

Nutritional Options for Wellness

The Nutritional Options for Wellness (NOW) pantry is a collaborative effort between  Access of West Michigan, and several Access pantries. UCOM's NOW program began in 2005 with a focus on improving access to healthy food for those suffering from a chronic illness. Other program goals include:

  • Increased wellness and quality of life
  • Decreased complications of chronic disease
  • Increased health

The program is based on these facts:

  • Eight of the ten leading causes of death are influenced by what we eat and drink
  • "More than one in ten Americans need food aid each year due to low income or unexpected events such as job loss or medical expenses"

--Nutritional Options for Wellness Brochure

Clients enrolled in the NOW program shop weekly. Food choices include, fresh fruits and vegetable, whole grains, low fat foods, low sugar foods, and low sodium foods. In 2016 UCOM served 25 NOW clients with a total of 479 services. Please see our Needs page for a list of healthful foods you can donate.

All low Income Kent County residents with a chronic illness may be eligible for this program.  For more information contact Access of West Michigan at (616) 774-2175. 


In operation of the NOW 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.