In 1984, a dedicated group of compassionate members of St. Raphael Catholic Church realized there were families without enough food, so they assembled a small food pantry in a closet of the church. Today, 40 years later, Loaves & Fishes is serving more than 8,000 people each week in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, and Will Counties. There are 2.3 million people in these four counties and 1 in 5 people are in low-income/poverty. The story of how Loaves & Fishes went from “there to here” reflects thousands of people who were inspired to join along the way making a profound difference to those in need.
Loaves & Fishes recently celebrated the success of another graduating class of the Moving Up program. This transformative 20-session workshop addresses the profound impact of poverty and low wages on participants’ lives. Guided by trained facilitators, Moving Up empowers individuals to transition from living paycheck to paycheck to proactively “Moving Up.”
Loaves & Fishes and DuPage Pads partner to provide donated vehicles to clients in need of transportation
Loaves & Fishes Community Services and DuPagePads Announces Collaborative Program Working together to provide donated vehicles to clients in need of transportation (Naperville IL, December 6, 2023) Loaves & Fishes Community Services and DuPagePads will work together to provide donated cars to clients who lack reliable transportation. This new collaboration will strengthen the car… Read more »
Loaves & Fishes Community Services is pleased to announce the appointment of Megan Lynch as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships effective November 20, 2023.
In the last year, Loaves & Fishes has seen a marked and rapid increase in the number of people needing help. This is primarily due to the lingering economic effects of the pandemic, high inflation, especially for food, and a reduction in SNAP benefits for our clients.