Thursday, January 20, 2011

KLF and the Mobile Food Initiative

The Mobile Food Initiative is something Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes started in June 2010. There are seven sites that hand out fresh produce and various food items year round. Anyone can come and get free food - no registration, no paperwork.

Since beginning in 2010, the MFI project has served 4,922 households. In food, that translates to 195,735 pounds of FREE FOOD given out.  

I was able to attend a MFI at Kalamazoo Community Church, where I got to meet some of the volunteers as well as the people being served. It was awesome to see this project in action!


All the food at a Mobile Food Initiative is brought in by KLF and organized so it's easy for the people to come through the line and take what they need. They have all sorts of things, from bags of potatoes and apples to bakery items.


There is also a volunteer or two at each station to hand out the food. Every single volunteer that I met was cheerful and upbeat, and genuinely excited to be there helping.

Even the teens who were in charge of helping people carry their boxes full of food were smiling while they did so :)

Camie is the coordinator for the Kalamazoo Community Church, which means she pretty much runs the show. And she does a fantastic job of it! Along with the others, always upbeat and cheerful, she was willing to step in to help anywhere along the line. She is also awesome because her whole family is involved in this project! 

Here she is with her mother, and her mother's mother. AND she also had TWO kids of her own running around, helping carry boxes. What an amazing thing to get the whole family involved with! 

Just got the numbers for how many people served on Saturday.... 874 individuals! Awesome!

I have more pictures to share with you, so stay tuned for more about my morning at Kalamazoo Community Church and KLF! Again, if you would like to donate canned goods, contact me at or click here to visit the Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes website to make a money donation!

Be the change. Make the difference.

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