The Ample Pantry is located at 4325 W. Michigan Ave.
1/4 mile East of Drake Rd. on the section of W. Michigan Ave. between Drake Rd. and Howard St.
Just minutes from:
- Downtown Kalamazoo
- Western Michigan University
All business & residential areas in Portage and Kalamazoo near:
- West Main St.
- Stadium Dr.
- Westnedge Ave.
- Oakland Dr.
Call #375-8300 to place your order or just stop in (click here for driving directions) to pick up a fresh, home-cooked lunch or dinner today!
HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday - Friday: 7:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturdays: 8:00AM - NOON
Lunch orders (delivered):
- Should be placed 24 hours in advance
- Delivery available for 6 or more lunches
Dinner orders must be placed by:
- 3:30PM for same day delivery
- 5:30PM for same day pick up (availability may be limited)
Our Dinner Menu items are available after 2:00PM each day
"Drop-ins" (those who don't pre-order) are always welcome! (availability may be limited)
The Ample Pantry -- A Kalamazoo Tradition
Since 1982, The Ample Pantry has delivered delicious home-cooked lunches and dinners to busy families and businesses in Kalamazoo, Portage and the surrounding communities.
Family owned and operated, The Ample Pantry was founded by Phyllis Farrell in June of 1982. As a working wife and mother, Phyllis Farrell knew the challenge of preparing a healthy home- cooked dinner for her family each evening. A brainstorm for providing wholesome evening meals to other busy Kalamazoo & Portage area families has translated into a unique & successful business, The Ample Pantry, a delivery service of hearty home-style meals.
A long career in food marketing and sales prepared Farrell for the business. While raising four children, and working a job that required some travel, Farrell always made certain her family ate right. “If I was going to be gone for any length of time, I was up the night before preparing food for them,” she recalled.
After some research, Farrell concluded that no one had ever tried a delivery service of quality meals before. “Domino’s was having great success with pizza, I figured someone could do the same with good homemade food,” she said.
The idea simmered in her mind for nearly 10 years. One day she found she was unemployed and decided this was the time to try it. Farrell set about planning the menus, with the primary ingredient being simplicity. Quality delivered food, at a modest price has since become the hallmark of The Ample Pantry. The menu has not changed significantly since the service began in June of 1982. Wholesome family favorites like meatloaf, turkey divan, and baked spaghetti are typical. “We try not to make any statements about our cooking,” said Farrell. “We don’t claim to be gourmet chefs. Our recipes are simple using fresh, quality ingredients. The idea is we do the cooking so you don’t have to.” Ample Pantry dinner baskets are delivered to the customer’s door, with each meal packaged in oven board containers. The food arrives fully cooked, but cool, with instructions for warming in a microwave or conventional oven.
Soon after starting business, The Ample Pantry began getting requests from customers for lunch deliveries. A year and a half later, Phyllis took up the lunch challenge. The Ample Pantry now delivers lunch to area homes and businesses for six or more people with one day’s notice. The business has also expanded into our extensive take-out business, where people can just stop by and pick-up salads, soups, entrees, desserts and more.
The daily operation of the business is now handled by Phyllis Farrell’s son Bill Farrell and daughter Anne Farrell-Bridenstine. You will still occasionally find Phyllis in the kitchen, behind the register, or on the phone, lending a helping hand.
Please call #375-8300 to:
- Place an order
- Inquire about gift certificates
- Get directions
Or any question you may have!
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