Programs

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 »


A New Beginning

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Dear Friends, Thank you so much for your generosity and dedication in 2015; a year that saw significant progress in connecting low-income individuals and families to the resources they need to thrive. Over 4,600 families received assistance over the past year, and, through the Client Engagement Model, we have experienced great success in finding sustainable… Read more »


Trinity Lutheran Church Raises $25,500 to Fight Hunger

Check out @News_TLC4U check presentation video featuring @dmramonas speaking about the impact of their #donation: https://t.co/GvyeaPYLB6 — Loaves & Fishes (@loaves_fishes) February 2, 2016


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 »