The Grocery Pantry Program (GPP) is our primary food assistance distribution program. During our 2018/19 fiscal year, the GPP filled 146,578 food orders to over 28,000 unduplicated individuals. During busy periods, we can see more than 1,000 local residents in need utilize this program during a single day. Our COVID-19 temporary model serves an average of 500 people per day from our main location on Portage Street in Kalamazoo.
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 seven 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 2018-2019 fiscal year, school pantries provided 2,604 four-day food orders and distributed nearly 50,000 pounds of food.