I moved here from Lithuania for better life. I lived here five years. I feel I’m working so hard all my life. I can’t get nursing certificate here. I love to help people. I love to learn. I love to work. I moved here and start from scratch. I work two jobs but still not… Read more »
Loaves & Fishes Community Services has served our community since 1984. On July 1, 2016 Loaves & Fishes merged with Naperville CARES. Together their mission is to provide food and leadership in the community by uniting and mobilizing resources to empower people to be self-sufficient…
Despite spending most of his career in the for-profit world of capital markets and high finance, Mike Havala was no stranger to Naperville-based Loaves & Fishes when he was named CEO and President in October. After all, Havala had been serving as interim CEO since March and had been on the board of the volunteer-powered… Read more »
Our Food Rescue program accounts for 60% of the food we distribute to our clients. We have a partnership with 19 grocery stores, 7 restaurants, several warehouses and manufacturers, and 4 local farmers where we pick up food and other products that are close to the “Best By/Sell By” dates.
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… Read more »
Kate Schultz donated 123 birthday bags on her July 15th birthday in memoriam to her mother who she lost in 2007. “On my birthday, my mother made me feel like the most special girl in the entire world,” said Kate, citing her motivation for her annual project coordinated through Let Them Eat Cake – Chicago/Naperville…. Read more »
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. In addition to services previously provided at L&F… Read more »
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. the Tarpeys,… Read more »
Demonica received car #1566 from our CARES car program. She’s a hard-working mom of two young children who has been trying to provide for her young children and overcome the challenges of student loans, child care and previous homelessness. We are so very happy for her car donation and wish her the happiest of new beginnings!
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… Read more »