How to Make a Food Donation
Approximately 25% of the food that KLF distributes to hungry people in our community comes through individual and group food donations.
Food donations come in all shapes and sizes. There are small one day events and large month long collections that require additional organization and help from the KLF Warehouse staff.
Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes can oftentimes procure food at a much lower cost than the average consumer – about six cents per pound. Also consider donating funds to help us purchase the important nutritional foods we guarantee through our programs.
When is the warehouse open and where is it?
The KLF Warehouse is located at 901 Portage St. in Kalamazoo and accepts donations from 8 am to 3:30 pm, Monday through Friday. If you have a large delivery, please deliver no later than 3 pm so that there is time to process the collection or call our warehouse for pick-up information. Our food donation door is located off of Jackson Street. Please pull your car up and then ring the bell and someone will assist you.
What sorts of items does KLF accept?
1. KLF accepts non-perishable food donations (canned goods and boxed products), as well as non-food items like baby formula. Click here for the “food drive wish list” to view monthly and seasonal food items we’re in need of.
2. If you have perishable items for donations, such as turkeys or hams at holiday time, please contact the our Procurement Specialist, Marvin King, in advance at (269) 488-2617 ext. 224.
3. KLF also accepts fresh produce from your home garden, local grocery store or market, or farm. Please call our warehouse ahead of time to schedule a delivery or pick-up as these are time-sensitive food items.
Do you need helpful hints for organizing a food drive?
Download this helpful Food and Fund Drive Kit for ideas and FAQs regarding holding a food drive or contact Marvin King, Procurement Specialist, at 269-488-2617 ext. 224.
Please click here to download a generic food drive collection flyer for use with your food drive.
*Bill Emerson Good Samaritan Food Donation Act A person or gleaner shall not be subject to civil or criminal liability arising from the nature, age, packaging, or condition of apparently wholesome food or an apparently fit grocery product that the person or gleaner donates in good faith to a non-profit organization for ultimate distribution to needy individuals. For more information, call 488-2617.