Stories of Hope

NCTV17 Spotlight Interview, Loaves & Fishes Community Services Celebrates 40 Years

Celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year, Loaves & Fishes Community Services remains a beacon of hope for 8,000-9,000 individuals each week by providing healthy food and impactful programs to promote self-sufficiency. As the largest food pantry in Illinois, its impact resonates far and wide.


Naperville Sun Article, February 2, 2024-40th Anniversary

As Loaves and Fishes heads into its 40th year, one volunteer’s been with them for the long haul.


Loaves & Fishes Community Services- Future Strong at 40 Years

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 What’s Happening 2023


Summer Gardens Can Combat Food Insecurity

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As we embrace the warmth of the summer season, many of us spend time in our gardens, enjoying the harvest, sharing with family and friends, or pickling and preserving. Gardening has experienced a resurgence in recent years, with an increasing number of individuals cultivating their own fruits, vegetables, and herbs. This summer pastime also provides an opportunity to help families struggling to keep food on their table by donating homegrown produce. Not only does this provide access to fresh, healthy food, but it also promotes self-sustainability, environmental awareness, and a strong sense of community spirit.


Congratulations to our Moving Up Graduates!

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We are so very proud of our new Moving Up Graduates! These ladies committed to this program and discovered what was holding them back from living a more self-sufficient life. We are very thankful for the program’s facilitators, Donnishia Brown and Dr. Catherine Jackson, and the dedicated volunteers who provided services and meals each week…. Read more »


Positively Naperville, The Power of Moving Up

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Loaves & Fishes: The power of moving up The Power of Moving Up by Mary Boulos, Director of CARES Programs at Loaves & Fishes Community Services “This is not for the weak!” That is the consensus about Loaves & Fishes’ Moving Up program according to this year’s program graduates. Please allow me to explain. Moving… Read more »


Leaders & Legacies: Hossein Jamali, Restaurateur and Humanitarian

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Leaders & Legacies: Stories of Local Impact is an ongoing series brought to you in partnership with the Daily Herald and DuPage Foundation. It highlights the inspiring stories of local individuals, families, and businesses that have made or are making a lasting impact for our community through their generosity and leadership.


Giving Tuesday is a Global Day of Giving…

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Giving Tuesday is a global movement unleashing the power of generosity. Tuesday, November 29, is a day dedicated to inspiring people to give their time, talent, and donations to non-profit organizations in the spirit of celebrating generosity.


Positively Naperville, The art of thankfulness, November 2022

Loaves & Fishes: The art of thankfulness