Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation Awards $3,000 to the Deer River Area Food Shelf

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation awarded $47,562 during this last Annual Grant Cycle to nonprofit organizations and charitable groups in the Greater Itasca Area that provide our neighbors with food.

The Deer River Area Food Shelf was awarded $3,000 for food, household cleaning and personal care items. “The Deer River Area Food shelf provides critical resources to those most in need in their community,” says Sarah Copeland, Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation Director of Grants and Programs. “They are very community minded. If transportation is an issue for one of their neighbors in need, they will even deliver.”


The mission of the Food Shelf is to provide a three-day supply of food per household member to each eligible family once a month. If an emergent need arises, they can provide additional help. The Deer River Area Food Shelf provides food assistance to those who need it most.

Deer River Area Food Shelf Serves Over 4000

In 2018, the Deer River Area Food Shelf served approximately 4100 clients. This includes children, teens, adults, senior citizens, and veterans.


The Deer River Area Food Shelf’s service area is approximately the same as School District 317. Since hunger has no boundaries, food is supplied to those who might find it more difficult to visit another area food shelf due to transportation issues or place of employment. Deliveries are also available to those who cannot drive, or need to designate someone to pick up items on their behalf. The Food Shelf helps individuals and families make healthy food selections, along with foods they like, rather than pre-packing a box for them. In addition, a limited amount of household cleaning supplies and personal care items such as soap, toilet paper, diapers, and toothpaste are available.

Helping People Help People

“Think about that”, notes Copeland. “That’s an average of 11 people per day who receive food help in the Deer River Area alone. This is one reason why the Community Foundation exists - to help people help people. We can help you support all types of interests, but we are especially good at helping with basic human needs.”


Brianna Spry, Program Administrator at the Community Foundation, helps connect local organizations find the support they need to help our neighbors. Spry adds, “We understand that some people are in better situations than others, but no one should go hungry. If you are hungry in the Deer River Area, please ask for help. If the Food Shelf isn’t open, check with someone at the school or hospital. People want to help, and prove that daily, by providing help in your community.”


Funding to provide our neighbors with food is provided from the Edgar and Hannah Hetteen Fund and the Dederick Memorial Donor Advised Fund.


The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation has been connecting donors’ charitable intentions to community needs for over 25 years to make our Greater Itasca Area – and the world – a better place to live. We invite you to become part of the good work we do, and to include us in the conversation with your financial or estate planner to answer the question “What good do you want your money to do?” For more information, call (218) 999-9100.

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