Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources

aka KAIR   |   Kalkaska, MI   |  www.kalkaskakairs.com

Mission

Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources (KAIR) is a 501c3 interfaith, community based volunteer program that provides practical assistance to the qualified, elderly, frail, isolated and needy of Kalkaska County and the surrounding areas.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Mrs. Cathy Somes

Main address

PO Box 766

Kalkaska, MI 49646 USA

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EIN

38-3240697

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In Kalkaska County nearly one out of every four children lives in poverty. Many households live on incomes below the poverty average struggling to provide elemental needs to his or her families. According to the 2014 Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club survey, 82 percent of clients utilizing a pantry in Kalkaska County suffer from food insecurity(Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club, 2014). For these families KAIR provides vital services. By continuing to grow our services KAIR is providing a vulnerable population with nutritional foods for daily living to help prevent food insecurity for families today and in the future. Reference: Benzie Sunrise Rotary Club. (2014). Food security in the Michigan counties of Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau. Retrieved from: https://clubrunner.blob.core.windows.net/00000001898/en-ca/files/homepage/food-security-udy-in-grand-traverse-area/Food%20Security%20Study%20in%20Grand%20Traverse%20Area.pdf

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

KAIR Food Pantry

KAIR's mission is to provide struggling families with nutritional supplemental foods. Each month KAIR distributes approximately 22,000 pounds of food to families in need in Kalkaska County. Since 1995 KAIR has served over 200,000 people distributing over 4 million pounds of food to help prevent food insecure households.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Veterans
Retired people
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth

KAIR Ladles of Love Community Meal Program serves nutritional meals each week distributing nearly 100 meals per service in our fight against food insecurity in Kalkaska County and the surrounding areas. Since opening in July 2020 KAIR Ladles of Love has served over 13,000 meals to assist families in need.

Population(s) Served

Each year KAIR offers Christmas meals to families in need through our food pantry services to residents of Kalkaska County. This allows all families to enjoy the Christmas season with his or her loved ones.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

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Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Stats shown are average number of people served each month at our programs as we try to prevent food insecurity to a vulnerable population.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to provide additional services through our food pantry and community meal site that will increase nutritious foods to families in need while decreasing hunger and food insecurity, with a continued focus of teaching families how to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Our vision will build and advocate awareness of food insecurity, creating lasting relationships with community members and businesses while engaging them in the stated vision and goal of reducing food insecurity by promoting health and wellness to impoverished families in our community.

Increased access to nutritional foods distributed to vulnerable households may become the first vital step in ending hunger for struggling families. This plan will engage community partners in promoting a further reduction in food insecurity, by providing information explaining existing services and collaboration with church and business partners to address root causes of food insecurity. Volunteers and staff will educate people on the importance of nutritional foods for daily living supplying various recipes and techniques for cooking while promoting the program’s success throughout the community.

KAIR continues to search for innovative ways to stretch our dollars to purchase more nutritional foods for families in need. Each year KAIR seeks grant opportunities to help support our mission in providing for a vulnerable population.
Implemented systems overseen by the KAIR board of directors help improve communications in the community, maintain focus on the growth of the program, and aid in determining financial capabilities.

Financials

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Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources

Board of directors
as of 07/29/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Richard VanBeek

Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources (KAIR)

Randy Lucyk

KAIR VP

Patty Cox

KAIR Treasurer

Andy Bratton

KAIR Board Member

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/27/2022

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