Final Days to Support Art Against Hunger!

Donate and receive a free ticket to November 19th Art & All That Jazz!

Posted: November 8, 2010
Source: Farrell Howe
Job Title: Marketing & PR Coordinator
Department: Development
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112

Art Against Hunger

November is the last month to support Art Against Hunger, a food drive benefiting Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes hosted by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in partnership with Panera Bread.

Donating is easy! Simply bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and you will receive a ticket for free admission to Art & All That Jazz, an evening of music, art and mingling held on Friday, November 19, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the KIA.

Collection bins are set up in the KIA lobby. Donations will be accepted now through November 30th. The following Art Hop locations are also accepting donations:

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 $50,000.00 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

On Friday, November 19, Brian Campbell will present a check for $7,000 to Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes during Art & All That Jazz. The money was raised via generous customer donations given at the registers during the course of a year.

Mas Que Nada

Mas Que Nada

Art & All That Jazz serves up its special mix of culture and entertainment for its eighth season on Friday, November 19th, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the KIA lobby. Special musical guest is Mas Que Nada. Gallery walks explore In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits and A Passion for Collecting: Prints of the 1960s and '70s from the Collins Collection. Admission is free for KIA members, and the $3 general admission fee is waived for those who donate a non-perishable food item to Art Against Hunger.

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