Get Additional Assistance
Loaves & Fishes has partnered with leading local organizations to create our Pathways to Empowerment, which offer better access to a variety of community services. Take advantage of these free on-site programs at Loaves & Fishes, from food stamps to job search support. Check out our program calendar then call us at 630-355-3663 to talk with someone about the assistance you need.
Public Benefit Assistance
Affordable Health Care (ACA)
Work with a certified Illinois In Person Counselor who will assist you with affordable health care coverage through Get Covered Illinois, the official Health Marketplace. Documents must be available during appointments. Visit Enroll DuPage website.
Illinois Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP)
Submit your application online for additional food for your family. Benefits are provided on the Link Card, an electronic card that can be used at most grocery stores. Visit SNAP website.
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
This assistance program helps eligible households pay winter gas or electric bills. Documents must be made available during the appointment. Visit LIHEAP website.
Access DuPage Medical Care
Access DuPage provides medical assistance for DuPage residents who do not qualify for Medicaid, Medicare or Illinois Marketplace coverage. Make an appointment to fill out an application at reception. Visit Access Dupage website.
Job Search Support
Job coaches offer technical and practical job search support for anyone who is unemployed or looking for a job change. Work one-on-one at Loaves & Fishes with a coach to improve your resume, networking techniques and interviewing skills. Make an appointment to get help with your job search.
Shopping Matters Grocery Tour
Choosing healthy, nourishing foods for your family on a limited budget is not easy. We can help. Join a Shopping Matters guided grocery store tour in the Loaves & Fishes pantry. Learn great tips and skills for purchasing healthy foods for your family while sticking to a food budget. Shopping tours will be scheduled.
English Language Classes
Develop your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills necessary for work, education and everyday communication. Classes run 16 weeks (10 weeks in the summer), Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Classes are taught by College of DuPage. Register at the Loaves & Fishes reception desk. Visit College of DuPage ESL webpage.
Learn basic computer skills at your own pace. Classes are held at Loaves & Fishes on Thursday evenings, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. and on Wednesday afternoons from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Attendance is limited. Register at the front desk to reserve your spot. Visit People’s Resource Center computer webpage.
All My Money
Don’t miss this 6-session workshop that will help you with your personal finances and money challenges. Sessions take place on Saturdays from 9-10 a.m. at Loaves & Fishes. Sign up now at the reception desk.
Support for Veterans
Those who have served in the military and members of their family are invited to Loaves & Fishes to find the course of action that’s right for you. Information on assistance and support programs to help with expenses and family essentials provided by: Veterans Assistance Commission of DuPage County.
Emotional Support: Someone to Talk To
Many people, both children and adults, struggle with emotional and physical hardship. Counselors from Samaritan Interfaith can help with encouragement and advice for you, your family, or your friends. Visit Samaritan Interfaith website.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
Update on 4/26/13: The VITA team (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) headed by Tom Wcisel held their final session at Loaves & Fishes on April 13. At the end of the day, the volunteer tax team had completed 362 returns for the community, yielding $576,000 in Federal refunds and $54,000 in state refunds. That’s an increase in clients of 19% over the previous year! This year, the team offered evening hours on Monday and Wednesday, and took many walk-ins on Saturday mornings. Our thanks to the VITA team members and their commitment to excellence!