Programs

Connecting with MJ: Volunteer Spotlight

By: Allie Wenzel, Loaves & Fishes Intern   After retiring from his career in engineering and management, current Loaves & Fishes volunteer MJ had a desire to do something meaningful for his community. He couldn’t figure out exactly what that was until he went in for a haircut and his hairdresser suggested volunteering at Loaves… Read more »


2018 Hunger Summit in Springfield

Written by Jane Macdonald, Loaves & Fishes Director of Community Wellness The 2018 Hunger Summit is an annual conference hosted by the Illinois Commission to End Hunger.  The event welcomes people from across Illinois who work every day to provide those in need with nutritious food to lead a healthy life.  Attendees have the opportunity… Read more »


Keeping Families Housed In Our Community

By Janet Derrick, Vice President of CARES Programs “Loaves and Fishes has been extremely helpful with any needs I have had. I can’t say enough good things about this organization.” We received these kind words from one of our neighbors who received financial assistance. We are very grateful to individuals like this who trust us… Read more »


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 »


Moving Up From Poverty: Three Steps Forward, Two Steps Back

Eighteen months ago, Loaves & Fishes embarked on a journey to help individuals change their lives. In January of this year we launched our first “Moving UP” session which is a sixteen week program where clients investigate the impact poverty has had on their lives. The goal of the program is to have participants create a… Read more »


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 »


KidsCare2

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    “Sharing is Caring: Engaging the Next Generation of Hunger Relief Experts” The genesis of KidsCare2 and the special volunteers who were inspired by their grandchildren to engage our community’s youth Written by: Nancy Couch, Loaves & Fishes Volunteer Leader and Community Advocate It is late on a Monday afternoon when the market and… 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 »


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.


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 »