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Erasmo Pacheco: “Why I Give Back”

Corporate work group volunteer Erasmo Pacheco, Director of Treasury at InvenTrust Properties Corp. knows firsthand how it feels to go without. He shares his personal story of growing up in a strong, loving family that struggled financially, and the lessons learned that he practices today.     Why It’s Important That I Give Back to the Community… Read more »


Naperville Chef Showdown!

It’s not just a showdown…It’s a Chef Showdown!


Metea Valley High School Day of Service

There was recently a stampede to provide service to our community. For the fourth year in a row, the Metea Valley High School Newspaper Club – The MV Stampede –  has spent their day off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day volunteering at Loaves & Fishes. “Do More Metea Valley” is the Service branch of… Read more »


Humanizing the Impoverished – TEDx Naperville

Vice President of CARES Programs Janet Derrick gives compelling insight into alleviating hunger.


Giving Tuesday Match!

We offer our heartfelt thanks for helping us meet and exceed our $90,000 match! We are humbled by the generosity from our community and have been touched by each donation to help others who are struggling. We are so proud to be part of this wonderful community!   ONE DAY, TWO TIMES THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT!


Lions Clubs International Presents HUNGER: A Problem Without Borders

Writer Joan Cary examines the Lions’ hunger relief efforts locally at Loaves & Fishes, throughout the nation, and across the world. “It takes a lot of manpower to make this happen. And it feels good to help people in need.”                          – Loaves &… Read more »


The Firehouse Food Fight

NPFFC hosted its 2nd Annual Firehouse Food Fight from November 1st – December 15th! In partnership with the Naperville Fire Department, Local 4302 and the Fire Explorers, the Naperville Professional Fire Fighters for a Cause orchestrated this collective effort to support the important mission of Loaves and Fishes. All ten stations and the administrative team competed… Read more »


A Year in Review

Mike Havala takes a look back at his first year as CEO and President of Loaves & Fishes Community Services. “I have been able to spend a lot more time with so many incredible people both in our community and organization. This support, as demonstrated by our volunteers, donors, partners and many others, is absolutely… Read more »


Britt, The Bright Spot

Have you met our intern Britt? Perhaps you saw her No Waste Wednesday videos & tips during Hunger Action Month. (If you didn’t, you can check them out here). Britt discovered Loaves and Fishes while searching for a productive way to fill her summer. Starting out as a volunteer this June, she loves to work… Read more »


Moving Up From Poverty: Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

Eighteen months ago, Loaves & Fishes embarked on a journey to help individuals change their lives. In January of this year we launched our first “Moving UP” session which is a sixteen week program where clients investigate the impact poverty has had on their lives. The goal of the program is to have participants create a… Read more »