The Grocery Pantry Program (GPP) is our primary food assistance distribution program. During our 2015/16 fiscal year, the GPP filled nearly 156,706 food orders to over 29,000 unique individuals. 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 every 30 days. Additional assistance is possible with a referral from a caseworker. 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.