Kentwood to host annual disc golf tournament and food drive

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The first round of the “best shot” doubles tournament begins at 9:45 a.m. Courtesy city of Kentwood

The annual Fall Fling, a disc golf tournament and food drive, will be held Saturday at Old Farm Park.

Disc golfers of all skill levels can participate in the event. The first round of the “best shot” doubles tournament begins at 9:45 a.m.

Participants are required to wear a face covering and maintain physical distancing throughout the event as part of COVID-19 health and safety guidelines. Patty Matters food truck will be at the park, 2350 Embro Drive SE, with food available for purchase.

“Fall Fling is a wonderful event for our community to come together to play disc golf for a great cause,” said Val Romeo, Kentwood Parks and Recreation director. “This tournament has restocked our community pantry with dozens of canned goods each year. We are grateful to local disc golfers for their ongoing generosity and participation.”

Event participants and guests can donate food and personal care items on-site for the Kentwood Little Free Pantry, where demand from the community has increased because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Long before COVID-19, the demand for our pantry goods was growing steadily and the shelves were becoming empty on a weekly basis,” Romeo said. “We continue to need year-round support from individuals and organizations who are able to give financially or provide tangible donations, such as prepackaged, nonperishable food and personal hygiene items.”

The Kentwood Little Free Pantry is located at the Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE. The pantry is opened from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday

On-site registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. Players are encouraged to pre-register online at kentwood.us/fallflingdiscgolf. The cost is $40 per team, plus one canned food donation for Kentwood’s Little Free Pantry.

More information about the pantry, including a suggested list of donations, is available at kentwood.us/littlefreepantry.

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