Programs

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 »


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 »


How Can You Help End Child Hunger?

When I retired I chose to volunteer at Loaves & Fishes because of the impact I knew it had in our community. After 25 years of teaching, it was evident to me that poor nutrition and hunger were often obstacles to a child’s success at school. When a 12 year old is hungry, all that… Read more »


The Art of Conversation

I recently cracked open a fortune cookie to find my personal fortune, “The world will soon be ready to receive your talents.” Pondering this, I wondered why the world wasn’t ready for my “talents” earlier in my life. Sure, my position at Loaves & Fishes as the Donor Relations Officer has created new opportunities, but… Read more »