2017 National Night Out

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NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Neighborhoods throughout Naperville are invited to join communities nationwide and participate in National Night Out from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, August 1, 2017. Online registration is now available by visiting

Labor of Love

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When Loaves & Fishes moved into our current building back in 2011, more and more groups of adults wanted to volunteer. There were parents who wanted to bring their children along, and L&F wasn’t equipped to handle young people. My husband Jim and I organized our first event in 2013 after our grandchildren asked what… Read more »

Largest Food Drive In Our History

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The power of community was on display during the 25th Annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive on May 13, always organized on the second Saturday in May. According to news from Loaves & Fishes Community Services, 81 individuals worked a total of 349 hours in one day to gather non-perishable donations placed near residential mailboxes. Letter carriers… Read more »

Suburban Poverty on the Rise


Poverty in the suburbs is often out of sight, out of mind. But between 2000 and 2015, the low-income population of DuPage County grew by 78 percent, to a total of 170,000 people. Unlike urban poverty where people often live in one concentrated area, suburban poverty is widespread, making the problem less visible, but still… Read more »

The Rotary Club of Naperville’s 2017 Paul Harris Awards


The Rotary Club of Naperville recently honored some locals doing good in our community. The club acknowledged ten individuals with the 2017 Paul Harris Fellow Award for Service, named after the founder of Rotary. It’s the highest recognition given to non-club members who exhibit the Rotary’s motto “service above self,” recognizing those who have made… Read more »

Chicagoland Dealers Care

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CHICAGO (May 9, 2017) – Chicagoland’s new-car dealer association, the Chicago Automobile Trade Association (CATA), donated $1,500 to the Loaves & Fishes “CARES” car program which provides transportation to working individuals in need. In addition to its car program, Naperville-based Loaves & Fishes serves the DuPage community by providing high-quality, healthy food; preventative care; educational opportunities;… Read more »

Bright Future Stories

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A few years ago, a well-known talk show host invited people to step out of the audience and onto the stage to share their stories. “Everyone has a story,” she said. The most compelling ones were those that revealed remarkable triumph over challenge. In talking about those trying times, they each described a person or… Read more »

Cuisine For A Cause Auction

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Event planners are promoting the 14th Annual Cuisine for a Cause as “The VERY last Cuisine for a Cause.” Considered one of Naperville’s largest cocktail parties, the benefit for Loaves & Fishes Community Services, including CARES Programs, is slated for 6:30 to 10:30PM on Sat., April 29, again in the atrium at Navistar. The fun, lively evening… Read more »

Dupage County Awards Nonprofit Agencies

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UPDATE, April 12, 2017 / In response to inquires regarding the grants, PN contacted the DuPage County Board Information Officer to learn that the DuPage County Human Services Grant Fund is funded by the General Revenue Fund. DuPage County Board member Janice Anderson (District 5) also replied. “DuPage County for at least the past 15 years… Read more »

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 »