Eighth annual Freeze Fest aims to fill pantry

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A disc golfer participates in Fall Farm Fling in November 2022, Photo by Gabriel Rose

The City of Kentwood and Great Lakes Disc will team up to host the eighth annual Freeze Fest doubles disc golf tournament and food drive Saturday, Feb. 18 at Old Farm Park, 2350 Embro Dr. SE.

Photo by Gabriel Rose

“The annual Freeze Fest gives the disc golf community a great opportunity to enjoy the game during the off season while also supporting the local community,” said Shea Abbgy, owner of Great Lakes Disc. “This is one of our favorite events of the year and we’re proud to continue partnering with the City of Kentwood on this tournament.”

Disc golfers of all skill levels are invited to join the best-shot doubles competition to support Kentwood’s Little Free Pantry. The event takes place 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. All proceeds will go to support Kentwood’s Little Free Pantry. On-site registration begins at 9 a.m. and the first round of the tournament starts at 10 a.m. The cost is $25 per person or $50 per team and one canned food donation. Pre-registration online is encouraged.

The Kentwood Little Free Pantry initiative began in 2017 as a community service project in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The small food pantry is open to all community members year-round and is designed to fill an immediate and local need. It offers nonperishable food and personal care items. Anyone can utilize or donate to the pantry. No application is required and no questions are asked.

Discs fill the racks at Great Lakes Disc Golf, one of the sponsors of February Freeze Disc Golf tournament to benefit City of Kentwood’s Little Free Pantry. Photo by Gabriel Rose

The demand for Kentwood’s Little Free Pantry at the Kentwood Activities Center, 355 48th St. SE, has steadily increased since its opening. To help meet the growing need, the City of Kentwood opened a second pantry location in 2021 at the Kent District Library – Kentwood (Richard L. Root) Branch, 4950 Breton Ave. SE. 

“It has been exciting to watch Freeze Fest and our other disc golf events continue to grow each year,” said Lori Gresnick, Kentwood recreation program coordinator. “We continue to be amazed by and grateful for the generosity of the disc golf community.”

Read more about the City of Kentwood and Great Lakes Disc’s endeavors to stock Little Free Pantry at the November Fall Farm Fling here

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