One of our basic human needs for survival is food. Many people can go to a restaurant or grocery store to fulfill that need, however, not everyone has that luxury. This prompted one group of Consumers Energy interns to join the fight against hunger in their community by working with the Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes’ Grocery Pantry Program.
The interns built boxes of food filled with non-perishable food items. The boxes were then distributed to people who are eligible for assistance all across Kalamazoo County. “We created 130 boxes in three hours,” said Michelle Stepek, Education Programs intern. “That amount will feed 260 people for four days.”
Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes is the largest provider of food for people in need in Kalamazoo County. The organization offers several different ways for volunteers to contribute. The Grocery Pantry Program is their primary food assistance distribution program and they are always looking for extra help.
“I like that Consumers Energy gives us the opportunity to volunteer in our community,” said Stepek. “It’s great to see the amount of people we are helping with just a few hours of our time.”
The Kalamazoo Intern Challenge group includes: Michael Bell, Tyler Root, Michelle Stepek, Jordan Kidd, Kolby Bogan, Kameron Glenn, and Zachary Carver. The group also volunteered at Celery Flats, a local park where they painted fences that outline the grounds.