Bringing help
to the table.
1 in 9 people in Michigan struggle with food insecurity*. The Father Fred Foundation is here to help those in need with several programs to provide healthy, fresh food and non-perishable food items. We serve five northern Michigan counties – Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau.
*Source: Food Bank Council of Michigan website



Our pantry resembles a small grocery store which includes fresh, healthy food including meat, eggs, produce, and milk as well as personal care items.

Blessings in a Backpack

Many children don’t have regular access to food or snacks outside of school hours. Our Blessings in a Backpack program ensures that children have something to eat through the weekend. We package and distribute over 11,000 bags to area schools each year.

Pantry to Preschool

In partnership with early childhood programs and MSU Extension, we distribute fresh food with health-conscious recipes to preschools in five counties.

SHINE Program

In partnership with TCAPS (Traverse City Area Public Schools) summer snack bags and light meals are distributed to students who lack a fixed, regular, or nighttime residence. Transportation for this program is funded by a grant from the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

Boost Bags

During the summer in our food pantry, an extra “boost” bag of food is provided to families with school aged children. The bag contains fresh fruit and veggies, eggs, dairy, and a variety of non-perishable pantry items. The number of bags provided is based on how many kids in the household.

We are locally founded, locally funded, and locally focused. The Father Fred Foundation is 100% supported by our generous community, and does not receive any state or federal funding. 

Want to help?


Donations of non-perishable food are always needed. Here are the best items to donate:

canned fruits

canned vegetables


dried beans 1 lb. bag

peanut butter

spaghetti or pasta

pasta sauce

macaroni and cheese



canned chicken or tuna

Basic hygiene items


Donations are accepted during our regular business hours.

WE WILL BE CLOSED the week of July 1-5 for building maintenance. We will reopen July 9.

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