Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources (KAIR)
Established in 1995, Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources (KAIR) is a non-profit, interfaith, community-based, multi-faceted volunteer organization that assists individuals and families in Kalkaska County. In May of 2023, KAIR food pantry services expanded to include families in Antrim County.
According to KAIR director, Cathy Somes, each month KAIR serves from 1,300 to 1,500 people through its food pantry and community meal site. KAIR Curbside Food Pantry Services, includes fresh fruits and vegetables through KAIR’s membership with the Northwest Food Coalition. In September of 2023, 24,131 pounds of food was distributed to families in need.
- KAIR Community Meal Site – Ladles of Love serve meals each Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for anyone in need of a hot and nutritional meal.
- KAIR Resale Shop – includes clothing, household items, appliances, bedding, and furniture, vouchered to those in need.
- KAIR Utility Assistance – with support from area churches and other help agencies, KAIR is instrumental in helping find assistance.
Central UMC provides financial assistance to KAIR through its Mission Ministry.
KAIR also seeks volunteers to help at its facility at 324 S. Cedar St. in Kalkaska.