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 involved increased and food distribution sites expanded. Although the Grocery Pantry Program is still the largest of KLF's programs, we work with others to provide prepared meal support, senior commodity programs, agency food support, food packs for children, and other community food programs. KLF is the largest charitable food distribution system in Kalamazoo County. We work hard to promote a hunger-free community through programs and advocacy work.
June 2018 - August 2018
“Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes has implemented a structure that leaves space for change. This organization is a model for other communities who want to open structures that work to bridge the hunger gap in communities. The most fantastic part of the organization is the way that volunteers and staff have wonderful relationships which are united on a equal front in efforts that support the community. I learned more about the city of Kalamazoo... a place I have been living, working, and receiving an education in for the last couple years. ”