Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes got its start in several downtown Kalamazoo congregations in the early 1980’s. A group of individuals recognized that their neighbors were struggling to put food on the table so they took up the charge to fill the food gap. What they didn’t know at the time is that their initiative to lend a hand would have a profound impact on our community. Today, those efforts have grown into an organization that, while no longer religiously affiliated, welcomes people of all faiths. With help from people of all beliefs and backgrounds, Loaves & Fishes provides an average of 700 people with groceries each day.
The Romence Road pantry, housed in the lower level of the Portage Chapel Hill Church building, is currently open Tuesdays from 11 am - 1 pm, and appointments are required. Volunteers from Chapel Hill and Southridge Church staff the pantry during open hours and help to stock and organize food to prepare for each opening. In the summer months, fresh produce from Chapel Hill's community garden is donated and distributed to clients. 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.
For additional information about the food pantry, or if you are in need of food assistance, please contact Loaves and Fishes through their website, kzoolf.org, or call 269-343-FOOD (269-343-3663).