Hunger Facts

ABC7 Chicago’s Newsviews

Our CEO Mike Havala and Vice President of Advancement Nancy Wiersum were guests on ABC7 Chicago’s “Newsviews” with Judy Hsu. We appreciate the opportunity to share the work we do to assist struggling families in DuPage County with the help of many volunteers and our community.


Connelly’s Commentary Comes to Loaves & Fishes

Senator Mike Connelly sat down with CEO Mike Havala and Vice President of CARES Programs Janet Derrick to learn more about Loaves & Fishes and its response to hunger and needed services in DuPage County.


Humanizing the Impoverished – TEDx Naperville

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


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 »


ABC7’s Judy Hsu Highlights Hunger Action Month

Judy Hsu visited Loaves & Fishes during “Go Orange” Day to highlight hunger awareness during Hunger Action Month.


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 »


Hunger Vital Sign Update

Not long ago, in the Fall issue of SHARE, we introduced you to a new screening tool, the Hunger Vital Sign™, that we think holds great value to our community. The Hunger Vital Sign™ can help us spot families at risk for food insecurity, a serious enemy of public health. Loaves & Fishes has been… 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 »


As Good As Gold?

Maybe it’s just the time of year that makes me reflect a little on the cycle of life and those of us who are now classified as “older adults.” Fall is a favorite season for me, but not so much for those who might be facing the challenges of their golden years with not much… Read more »


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 »