Grocery Pantry Program

Grocery Pantry Program

The Grocery Pantry Program (GPP) is our primary food assistance distribution program. During our 2017/18 fiscal year, the GPP filled 162,758 food orders — a 240% increase from 10 years ago. During busy periods, we can see more than 1,000 local residents in need utilize this program during a single day.

How does the Grocery Pantry Program work?

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes distributes food at 24 Grocery Pantry Sites throughout Kalamazoo County, including those located in the outer county areas (Galesburg, Richland and Vicksburg), and a site at the main Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes’ facility. These 24 sites are neighborhood-based and located along easily-accessible transport routes for convenience.


People in need of food assistance should call our “Need Food” line at 343-FOOD (3663) to request same day service. Our call-center is open Monday thru Friday from 9 am -1 pm. Please call as close to 9 am as possible as pantries tend to fill up quickly.


Individuals can self-declare need once every calendar month. At the pantry, individuals select items from the nutritional categories based on the USDA's guidelines of protein, fruits and vegetables, and grains. Each food order contains four days worth of food for each member of their family.

The household member picking up the order needs to present their I.D.

USDA MyPlate
USDA MiPlato

School-Based Pantries

School-Based Pantries

KLF’s school-based pantries are highly effective at reaching students and families struggling with hunger. These pantries make it convenient for children, teens and families to access our services in a familiar neighborhood environment.

KLF operates six full-service pantries in local schools. These pantries provide four-day food orders to students and their families. Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes also operates four hybrid pantries in local schools offering snacks and single-serve meals to kids and teens.

During KLF's 2017-2018 fiscal year, school pantries provided 3,242 four-day food orders and distributed nearly 70,000 pounds of food.