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Grocery Convenience to Wheaton Seniors

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The old “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” game show strategy of “phone a friend” used to apply to Wheaton resident Michelle Terry whenever she needed to visit the food pantry for groceries. But a pilot program to set up mini grocery markets in retirement communities, such as Terry’s home at Marian Park Apartments, has… Read more »


Cuisine For A Cause 2017 Highlights

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Cuisine for a Cause is a fun, lively evening where 300 guests gather with their friends to enjoy one of Naperville’s largest cocktail parties to benefit Loaves & Fishes Community Services, including CARES Programs. Our mission is to provide food and leadership in the community by uniting and mobilizing resources to transform lives. Cuisine for… Read more »


In Search of the American Dream

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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 »


NCTV Spotlight

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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…


Business Profile – Mike Havala

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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 »


Food Rescue Facts

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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.


What is Food Insecurity?

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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 »