All News

What is Food Insecurity?

RachelleBarmann Hoffman 20150226 0434

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 »


Birthday Bag Queen 

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 »


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. In addition to services previously provided at L&F… Read more »


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. the Tarpeys,… Read more »


Pure Excitement

Demonica

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!


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… Read more »


A New Beginning

RachelleBarmann Hoffman 20150226 0434

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… Read more »


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. I always make a… Read more »


ComEd Powers Through the Holiday Season

We had over 60 helping hands thanks to @ComEd employees who packed #holiday #meal and child nutrition bags #giveback pic.twitter.com/Z1gUYDIC96 — Loaves & Fishes (@loaves_fishes) November 19, 2015


The Power of Community

The western suburbs of Chicago are increasingly becoming home to low-income families in search of safer neighborhoods, better schools, and affordable housing; yet, they are finding that a lack of employment opportunities and public transit are blocking their path to self-sufficiency. With the help of Loaves & Fishes, these families are connected to the resources… Read more »