Disc golfers aim to fill pantry

A disc golfer putts at Old Farm Park Nov. 12, 2022, in Kentwood, Michigan, Photo by Gabriel Rose.

Kentwood’s Little Free Pantry is in immediate need of donations and area disc golfers, once again, are coming to the rescue with an annual tournament aimed at restocking the pantry. 

The Fall Fling Tournament and Food Drive, hosted by The City of Kentwood and Great Lakes Disc, will take place on Nov. 11, 2023 at Old Farm Park, 2350 Embro Drive SE. Disc golfers of all levels are encouraged to sign up online for the best-shot doubles. The cost is $25 per person or $50 per team, plus a canned food donation for Kentwood’s Little Free Pantry.

“The City of Kentwood is pleased to again offer local disc golfers an opportunity to have fun, show off their skills and support our community at the Fall Fling,” said Val Romeo, Kentwood Parks and Recreation director. “We appreciate our partnership with Great Lakes Disc in helping to bring this popular event to Kentwood each year and are grateful for the continued generosity of our local disc golf community.”

Kentwood Free LIttle Pantry. Courtesy photo.

The Free Little Pantry began in 2017 as a community service project in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Open to all community members year-round, the pantry offers non-perishable food and personal care items. Anyone can utilize or donate to the pantry, no applications required and no questions are asked.

“We really enjoy being a part of this tournament and spending a fall day with local disc golfers and other community members,” said Shea Abbgy, owner of Great Lakes Disc. “Our team is honored to join the City of Kentwood in co-hosting this event, which is a great example of our community’s active and giving spirit.”

Pre-registration for the Fall Fling is encouraged, but there will be on-site registration at 9 a.m.  Players will meet at 9:45 a.m., and the first round of the tournament will begin at 10 a.m. Dune Buggy food truck will be on-site offering burgers, fries and beverages for sale.

Donations are needed. Here’s where you can drop them off:

Whether you choose to participate in the disc golf tournament or not, the City of Kentwood is asking local businesses, organizations and community members to get involved to address this local and immediate need. 

Drop off donations at the Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE, and the Kent District Library – Richard L. Root Branch, 4950 Breton Ave. SE, along with several other donation bins located throughout the City of Kentwood campus.

 More information about the pantry, including hours and a suggested list of donations, is available here.

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