Grocery Pantry Program

How does the Grocery Pantry Program work?

The Grocery Pantry Program (GPP) is our primary food assistance distribution program
Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes distributes food at  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 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. To provide you with better service, our call-center is now open from 9 am-1 pm. Please call as close to 9 am as possible to ensure your appointment.
  • People can call every 30 days for service and will be provided with four days worth of food.
  • The household member picking up the order needs to present only their I.D.

Current Trends

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes has monitored current trends and sought ways to address constantly rising requests for assistance. During the early years of operation, we served up to 600 households a month. Now, we distribute food to about 300 households a day (800-900 individuals).

In 2013, Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes provided more than 130,000 four-day food orders to local residents through this program. Some of the folks that received these groceries had never asked for assistance before and may continue to need help providing food for themselves and their family in the coming months. Even as experts are reporting that the recession has ended, we expect this recovery period to easily last into 2014.