When we learned the Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes pantry was running low on food last month, we quickly took action to help this worthwhile organization. Amy Caley in our human resources department found out about their dilemma during a department meeting. “We wanted to help right away because their values are something all of us at ECCU can appreciate.” Their vision is to work towards a hunger-free community, and through the help of more than 450 weekly volunteers, get food to those in need.
ECCU staff raises $1,000
In one of those moments where everything comes together perfectly, Amy asked staff to help by participating in a special ‘donate-to-wear-jeans day.’ Not only did staff oblige, they did so whole-heartedly raising more than $1,000 in just one month. Nearly 100% of the staff participated, and ECCU made a corporate donation as well. “We were able to present a check to Loaves and Fishes shortly after learning of their need,” continues Amy. “They do so much good in our community, and we’ve raised money for them in previous years. It’s a cause close to us.”
According to its website, Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes was organized in 1982 by several downtown churches concerned about increasing requests from people for food assistance. Each year, the organization provides food to more than 127,000 residents through the Grocery Pantry Program. This figure roughly equals 1.6 million pounds of food distributed annually, and includes expanded programming so that food can better reach vulnerable populations that may not have access to the traditional pantry-style food network.
“I’m overwhelmed by our staff’s generosity, and to see how much, as a credit union, we care about our communities and those in need,” adds Amy. “It makes you glad to be part of the team and come to work every day.”
ECCU assists many local and national organizations each year, including the SPCA of SW Michigan, Housing Resources, Inc., Wounded Warrior Project (read why here) and more. If you’d like to make a personal donation to Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes, click here. Or learn more at www.kzoolf.org.