Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources (KAIR) is an interfaith, community based volunteer program that provides practical assistance to the qualified elderly, frail, disabled, isolated and needy of Kalkaska County. Our services include the Food PantryUtility Assistance and our Resale Store .

"Serving a Need in our Community"

Located Downtown Kalkaska, 324 S. Cedar across from the Trout Fountain


Kalkaska Area Interfaith Resources was established as a 501c3 Non-profit organization in 1995 by local churches with a vision of offering financial assistance throughout Kalkaska County to individuals and families who are in need. 

Since KAIRs beginning thousands of dollars have been distributed annually through the generosity of local partners, churches and grants. 

KAIR is also supported through Resale Store sales, the annual Festival of Trees Fundraiser, and various other fundraising events held throughout the year. 

The number of individuals and families served by KAIR has increased every year since KAIR has opened its doors.  KAIR is able to continue providing services to families in need due to the support of people in the community who band together to host food drives and give of themselves volunteering to help others in need.

Volunteer Staff 

KAIR provides an opportunity to serve those in our community through a variety of ways utilizing your gifts and talents in a fun and meaningful way. We are a volunteer organization that only "works" because of our volunteers! Kalkaska County is blessed to have many people who give of themselves to make the County a better place to live.  If you have an interest in becoming part of our KAIR family please contact Cathy at 231-258-0060  Extension 2

Who KAIR Volunteers Are

Volunteering with pureness of heart

Outpouring of compassion for people

Loving our fellow man

Understanding that everyone needs help and prayers

Never giving up on the belief that all people are good

Tirelessly giving of talents and time

Expecting nothing in return

Exceeding all expectations 

Realizing all that God has called us to be




Volunteers provide service and compassion to fulfill elemental needs to those who need it the most!



Heat and Utility Assistance 

We work with local Churches and governmental agencies to help you meet your basic food and utility needs. Please call 258-0060 extension 2 to schedule an appointment for assistance with Heating Fuel and Electric/Natural Gas Shutoffs 

The following documentation is necessary to process an application for emergency services: 

  • Proof of ALL current GROSS household income for the past month including Wages, Tips, Social Security, Pension, Child Support and Unemployment 
  • Social Security numbers for all household members including minor children 
  • Michigan photo ID for all members over the age of 18 
  • Current past due/shut off statement (original) 
  • Name, address and account number of deliverable fuel company 
  • 20% co-pay of the amount requested 

*** Financial assistance is available because of many dedicated volunteers. How might you be able to help others facing financial challenges? 


Re-Sale Store 

Your donations of gently used clothes and working household items are greatly appreciated.  In addition KAIR accepts working appliances, clean bedding, and blankets, gently used furniture items.   For safety reasons we can not accept pre-owned car seats or baby beds.   Stop in Monday through Friday to take advantage of our great store prices and daily specials!

For your convenience KAIR proudly accepts Visa, Mastercard, and Discover Cards!

Food Pantry Service 


KAIR's mission is to supply our guests with nutritious supplemental meals. We distribute approximately 16,000 pounds of food on a monthly basis to Kalkaska County Residents. Senior households are welcome to use KAIR's Food Pantry four times per month, and all other households can utilize our food pantry twice per month. 

Guests must have a current ID showing proof of residency in Kalkaska County. 

Guidelines for establishing eligibility for Pantry assistance: 
Single Resident - Income at or below $24,120/year, $2,010/month, $464/week. 

For each additional household member add $8,360/year, $697/month, $161 /week.

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Hours of Operation
Food Pantry: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Client Services: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., closed Wednesdays
Resale Shop: Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
*** Hours may vary due to weather or staffing issues***