Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes was organized in 1982 by several downtown churches concerned about increasing requests from people for food assistance. The congregations joined together to share resources and create an organized response to local hunger and formed Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes.
Over the years, the number of congregations increased and the food distribution sites expanded to serve the entire county of Kalamazoo. Programs have expanded also and although the Grocery Pantry Program is still the largest of our programs, KLF works with others to provide prepared meal support, senior commodity programs, agency food support, food packs for kids, and other community food programs. KLF is the largest charitable food distribution system in Kalamazoo County and we work hard to reduce hunger through programs and through anti-hunger advocacy.
In 2012, nearly 127,000 people received food through the Grocery Pantry Program—about a 13% increase from 2011.
Though the Grocery Pantry Program provides the majority of food that Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes distributes each year – 1.6 million pounds in 2012 – the organization has expanded programming so that food can better reach vulnerable populations that may not have access via our traditional pantry-style food delivery network.
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