Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes is a charitable food network that distributes groceries to hungry people in Kalamazoo County through food-specific programming and services.
Unlike other food assistance agencies in Southwest Michigan, Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes collects and procures food, distributes it and provides service to hungry people in our community. We are a food bank “plus”. Here’s how our organization works:
- Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes receives food from community donations and from larger food drives throughout the year. Roughly 25% of the food distributed to people through our programs comes from these types of donations (approximately 300,000 lbs. per year).
- KLF distributes over 2 million pounds of food annually so that means dollars must be raised so that the remaining food needed – including nutritious food available to clients at the Grocery Pantry level – is always available.
- Dollars are also needed to support operations and staffing costs. We have to keep the lights on, the refrigerator and freezers going, and operate the truck each week, so funding for general operating expenses is always needed.
Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes works with local partners like the Food Bank of South Central Michigan to procure low-cost foods. This relationship allows us to stretch food dollars further, securing a multitude of food resources at a minimal cost. The FBCM also provides statewide leadership to food banks in their efforts to alleviate hunger through the distribution of surplus food to those in need.
Want to know more? Download and print our ‘How it Works’ service brochure.