Healthy Food Policy

Flat River Outreach Ministries (FROM) believes everyone has the right to access good food. Our Food Programs will provide foods that are good; fresh, healthy, sustainable, and that support local producers. We will use these guiding values for purchasing, accepting donations, and community education.


(when you click the button above you will be directed to our secure online donation form)

Healthy Focus

FROM’s Healthy Food Programs will focus on foods that are healthy and nutritious. Focusing on healthy foods help prevent long-term illness, such as diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, and also improve mental health, social relationships, and overall well-being. Our foods will follow the Dietary Guidelines for Healthy Americans.

Food As Long-Term Change

FROM has a responsibility to address the root causes of food insecurity. Change starts right here in our Health Food Programs. Addressing root causes includes community food education, offering health screenings, purchasing from local farmers, CSA’s, connecting people with resources, supporting healthy social relationships, and participating in community collaborations that align with these values.

Food and Personal Care Needs

Click here to access a printable version of the items listed below.

Personal Care Items

  • Toilet Paper
  • Laundry Soap
  • Shampoo
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Disposable Razors
  • Toothpaste

Food Items

  • Fresh Vegetables and fruit
  • Canned Vegetables (Low Sodium or No Salt Added)
  • Canned whole, diced, or crushed tomatoes (Low/No Sodium)
  • Canned Fruits (Low Sugar or No Sugar Added)
  • Boxed or Bagged Cereal (Low Sugar or No Sugar, Whole Grain)
  • Pasta Sauces
  • Brown Rice
  • Pasta
  • Dried unsalted nuts and seeds (individual serving sizes preferred)
  • Whole Grain Bread
  • Tortillas
  • Olive Oil
  • Canola Oil
  • Peanut Butter
  • Healthy snack options like whole grain low sodium crackers, chips and popcorn
  • Cheese
  • Canned Meats (low/no sodium*Tuna & chicken preferred*)
  • Fresh Meats (chicken, venison, or pork. Must be processed & labeled)

How Can I Help?

You can help us provide healthy options in our pantry by donating food, or personal care items (listed above) or click here to make a financial donation.

If you are interested in hosting a food drive with your work, church or community group, please email Arianne Hall, Development Director or call (616) 897-8260 ext 135 for our current critical need items and to arrange any support your group may need.

Food and personal care items can be dropped off in the Food Pantry during regular hours or at FROM’s Main Office during regular hours (see both hours below).

If you are unable to stop by during business hours, please call and we will arrange a time that works for you.