About Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes began in 1982 through the collaborative efforts of several downtown churches and human service minded individuals. These congregations and individuals recognized that their neighbors were struggling to put food on the table and believed the community should have a coordinated approach to addressing this need. What they didn't know at the time is that their early efforts would have a profound impact on our community. Today, KLF has grown to be the largest charitable food assistance organization in Kalamazoo County, serving over 30,000 unduplicated individuals each year. With help from our community, we provide an average of 750 people with groceries each day.

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes is an unique model. We have the capacity to store and move millions of pounds of food each year like a large food bank, but have the direct service model of a food pantry. Through six hunger-relief programs, KLF serves Kalamazoo County and surrounding communities with a focus on nutrition, equity, and dignity.

Our Mission

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes will feed hungry people and engage our community in the fight to end hunger.

Our Values

Respect ∙ Diversity & Inclusion ∙ Stewardship & Accountability ∙ Integrity ∙ Collaboration ∙ Urgency ∙ Service

Please Note

No person shall be excluded from KLF services, employment or volunteer participation because of ethnicity, race, national origin, age, height, weight, genetic status, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, economic circumstance, veteran status, physical and/or mental abilities/characteristics, philosophy/religion, or any other status that is protected by State of Michigan or federal law or by local ordinance for those jurisdictions where KLF operates.