Advocacy






Advocacy is critical to our efforts to work towards a food secure community.

Advocacy

Advocacy

HELP RAISE AWARENESS

Advocacy is a critical component in Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes’s fight to end local hunger. While direct service and food distribution programs provide essential immediate help to hungry people, KLF’s advocacy programs aim to influence public policy and resource allocation within political, economic and social systems and institutions. Influencing public policy to increase local food security involves the efforts of an entire community. How can you help?

  • Help educate local legislators about how proposed or current legislation affects KLF clients, program participants or partner organizations.
  • Participate in direct or grassroots lobbying alongside KLF clients and others in the community, letting our leaders and representatives know what we need and value.
  • Help connect community members with the tools they need to learn about barriers to food security and advocate for change.

  • Double Up Food Bucks

    Local organizations are exploring the possibility of bringing the Double Up Food Bucks program to Kalamazoo County grocery stores. This program allows people to double their SNAP dollars when spent on fresh Michigan fruits + veggies. For example, if you spend $10 on fruit and vegetables, you’d be given an additional $10 to put towards more of that same fresh food. You may already be familiar with this program as it operates at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market.

    Click here for more information on the Double Up Food Bucks program.

    Other Issues We're Focused On

  • The Irwin Amendment and the restoration of SNAP benefits.
  • The well-being of our most vulnerable community members, like kids, through addressing childhood nutrition. Click Here
  • The Reauthorization of Child Nutrition Programs
  • Regional food movements, like Good Food Kalamazoo and the Michigan Good Food Charter.
  • National food policies, such as SNAP(Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), also known as Food Stamps..
  • Other issues affected and caused by food insecurity, like homelessness (click here to read the 2010 U.S. Mayors Report on Hunger & Homelessness) and living wages (click here to see how minimum wage has evolved since 1938).

    There are many ways you can make a difference in helping our community achieve food security both locally and nationally.

    With resources at the tips of your fingers, taking critical action steps is easier than ever:

  • Try tackling the Food Stamp Challenge where you experience what it would be like to live on a SNAP budget.
  • Contact your Senator or Representative to let them know your views on the state of food insecurity in Kalamazoo County. Is there a national issue you feel deserves more attention? Contact your Members of Congress at 877-698-8228.
  • Visit our Advocacy Events page to see what’s coming up in the world of anti-hunger activism.
  • Volunteer at Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes in a variety of roles where you can represent the organization and our values in the community.

    For an interactive look at the most up-to-date hunger statistics in Kalamazoo County, click here.

    Questions or comments? Email us!