KIA Raises Awareness with Art Against Hunger

Food Drive Benefits Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes

Posted: September 1, 2010
Source: Farrell Howe
Job Title: Marketing & PR Coordinator
Department: Development
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112

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The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is hosting Art Against Hunger, a food drive in partnership with Panera Bread and the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo. The drive collects non-perishable food items for Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes.

Donating is easy! Simply bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and you will receive one ticket for free admission for the September 10, October 8, or November 19 Art & All That Jazz, an evening of music, art and mingling.

Collection bins are set up in the KIA lobby. Donations will be accepted now through November 30th. Donation baskets will also be available at the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and select Art Hop locations for those who wish to donate to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes. Those who wish to receive a ticket to Art & All That Jazz for their donation must make their donation at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes (KLF) has been the main charitable source of emergency grocery/food assistance for hungry individuals and families in Kalamazoo County for more than 28 years. Established as a collaboration of approximately 20 Kalamazoo area churches, each operating an independent food pantry, KLF was founded in 1982 to provide a central access point for hungry individuals and families seeking emergency food supplies, and efficient collection and distribution of grocery resources throughout the pantry partner network. To learn how you may support Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes, please visit

"We at Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes are honored to be a part of Art Against Hunger," said Anne Wend Lipsey, executive director of KLF, "This is a unique opportunity and comes at a critical time. As more of our friends and neighbors are struggling to keep food on the table for themselves and their families, community support is now more important than ever."

Art Against Hunger is in partnership with Panera Bread, a longtime supporter of Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes, and a dedicated sponsor of the KIA's Art & All That Jazz.

Brian Campbell, marketing director for Trigo Bread, a franchisee of Panera Bread, explains, "We believe that the universal spirit of bread is sharing, As part of that philosophy of sharing, we strive to be a good neighbor and give back to the community through our Operation Dough-Nation program. Through this program we have donated more than $40,000.00 to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes since we started in 2004."

Operation Dough-Nation was founded in 1992 to formalize Panera Bread and its franchisees' commitment to community involvement. Since then, it has grown to include four major activities: Community Breadbox cash collection boxes, the Day-End Dough-Nation program, Panera/SCRIP Card fundraising and participation in community events. More information regarding Operation Dough-Nation and Panera Bread can be found at

Art & All That Jazz serves up its special mix of culture and entertainment for its eighth season on September 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the KIA lobby. Special musical guest is Zion Lion. Gallery walks explore three amazing exhibitions, Wondrous Ink: Selections from the Richard Fabian Collection, Strong Women, Beautiful Men, Japanese Portrait Prints from the Toledo Museum of Art and Beauty amid Thunder: The Past Two Centuries of Chinese Art. Admission is free for KIA members, and the $3 general admission fee is waived for those who donate a food item to Art Against Hunger.

For more information regarding Art Against Hunger, please visit our website.