6:58 am
Thu August 1, 2013

First Day Shoe Fund continues today in Kalamazoo

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Program provides pair of shoes for low-income children in Kalamazoo Public Schools
  • Source: Mlive
  • | Via: Kalamazoo Gazette
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Alisa Eaves was worried about affording new footwear for her 4-year-old son Charles, who is starting preschool in the fall. "I was wondering how I was going to get him new shoes," said Eaves, a Kalamazoo single mother.
9:26 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Project Connect helps get services to the poor

A haircut at Project Connect in November 2011
Credit Kalamazoo County Poverty Reduction Initiative

If you’re poor in Kalamazoo County, getting vital social services can be a challenge. It’s even harder if you don’t have a car. But twice a year, Project Connect helps low-income residents get the services they need through one-stop shopping. The next one will be on Wednesday, May 8th, from noon to 4 p.m. in the Kalamazoo County Expo Center at the county fairgrounds, 2900 Lake Street.

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Food Bank Director Retires
9:56 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Food Bank Executive Director looks back, prepares for retirement

Food Bank of South Central Michigan in Battle Creek
Credit Food Bank of South Central Michigan website

Interview with Bob Randels

The Executive Director of the Food Bank of South Central Michigan says it's been "the greatest job in the world." Bob Randels plans to retire from that job early next year. 

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6:21 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Demand for food aid remains high in Calhoun County

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Food Bank of South Central Michigan and Neighborhood Food Pantry Ministries both report requests for food assistance remain high in January.
January is usually a slower month for the local food bank, said Executive Director Bob Randels. But not this year. Despite a seemingly improving economy and some new jobs rolling into Battle Creek, the need for food assistance appears to still be at a high.