Volunteer Chat

Margie Tarpey began her Naperville CARES tenure in 2001 as volunteer and President of the Board when it was housed within the L&F warehouse. She joined L&F as an intake volunteer in 2010 and her husband Tom followed in 2011 working in distribution. After raising their 3 children and retiring from successful careers.

CARES Update

As you’re likely aware, on July 1, 2016 Loaves & Fishes merged with Naperville CARES. We have been working to integrate physical space and systems to combine CARES programs with existing L&F Empowerment Programs. Loaves and Fishes CARES Programs now offers all non-food services from both organizations.

What is Food Insecurity?

Being Food Insecure means being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of safe and nutritious food for an active, healthy life.

The child food insecurity rate for DuPage County is 14.6%.

Since 1995, the USDA has measured and published information about food insecurity in the United States through data collected through an annual food insecurity survey conducted through the U.S. Census Bureau.

Food Rescue Facts

Pure Excitement

We love it when the friends we have helped return to share their happiness. Lacey, who was assisted by John, one of our job coaches, was one of 148 individuals who received job coaching assistance in FY2016. She returned to L&F to share her excitement and express her gratitude.

Naperville CARES becomes Loaves & Fishes CARES

A note from our Interim President/CEO, Mike Havala

Thank you for your support of Loaves & Fishes. You have helped us evolve and expand our mission as well as benefit more of our neighbors with impactful programs. I am excited to share with you today that our organization has reached the next chapter in its 32 year history by formally entering into an agreement to combine forces with our friends at Naperville CARES. Effective July 1st, Naperville CARES will permanently partner with Loaves & Fishes.

A New Beginning

Dear Friends,

Thank you so much for your generosity and dedication in 2015; a year that saw significant progress in connecting low-income individuals and families to the resources they need to thrive. Over 4,600 families received assistance over the past year, and, through the Client Engagement Model, we have experienced great success in finding sustainable solutions for them.

Hunger Vital Sign Update

Not long ago, in the Fall issue of SHARE, we introduced you to a new screening tool, the Hunger Vital Sign™, that we think holds great value to our community. The Hunger Vital Sign™ can help us spot families at risk for food insecurity, a serious enemy of public health.

Decking the Halls with Health Research

Yes, it's the season to eat your way through plates of Christmas cookies, and laugh out loud at the ugly Christmas sweaters. I personally think it's just fine, even important, to set aside some of our dietary convictions and enjoy the festivities - with all the cookies and desserts they bring.

Going Beyond the Cover

The first year of the Client Engagement Model has taught us many things in regards to suburban poverty. There's a belief that if you live in the suburbs, even an affluent one such as Naperville, you have little to no financial challenges. Some assume that the word "suburb" is associated with a family or person with this stature; however, our work has shown us that poverty doesn't discriminate, nor is anyone exempt from it regardless of where you live.