Get Your Can Over to the KIA!

Art Against Hunger Food Drive

Posted: October 7, 2009
Source: Farrell Howe
Job Title: Marketing Coordinator
Department: Development
Phone: (269) 349-7775
Email: farrellh@kiarts.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2009

Get Your Can Over to the KIA!
Art Against Hunger Food Drive Benefits Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes in Partnership with Panera Bread

Kalamazoo, MI - Wednesday, October 7, 2009. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is hosting Art Against Hunger, a food drive in partnership with Panera Bread. Called Art Against Hunger, 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 a ticket for free admission to Art & All That Jazz, an evening of music, art and mingling held on October 16th and November 20th at the KIA.

Collection bins are set up in the KIA lobby. Donations will be accepted now through November 30th.

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 27 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 their website.

"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 on their website.

While the KIA is currently accepting food donations, the official kick-off for Art Against Hunger will take place with a check presentation at Art & All That Jazz on Friday, October 16th. Panera Bread's Brian Campbell will present Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes with a check for funds raised through Operation Dough-Nation Community Breadbox .

Art & All That Jazz serves up its special mix of culture and entertainment for its seventh season on October 16th, 5-7 p.m. in the KIA lobby. Special musical guest is Delilah DeWylde and the Lost Boys. Gallery walks explore Embracing Diverse Voices: African-American Art in the Collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. 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.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes and free-admission programming, including exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West Michigan.

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