Stories of Philanthropy

Privileged to Serve for 35 Years

“They may start to come here for the food, but we have the opportunity — maybe the obligation — to help them in other ways.” – Mike Havala, Loaves & Fishes CEO  


Loaves & Fishes Community Garden

Loaves & Fishes staff and volunteers partnered with the tremendous folks from The GardenWorks Project to build community gardens near our facility. Volunteers and staff have been tending and watering these raised gardens that will provide fresh, healthy produce for our clients, and that makes us very happy! For more information, contact Jane Macdonald, Director of… Read more »


Stamp Out Hunger Success!

This year’s total: 84,930 pounds of food collected! Thanks to our generous community and our hard working letter carriers & volunteers for helping us collect so much food for Stamp Out Hunger! Our clients greatly benefit from your big hearts!


Loaves & Fishes 35th Anniversary

Loaves & Fishes is  grateful to our entire community for helping us assist struggling families for the last 35 years!   We are incredibly grateful to you, our tremendous community, for your desire to help others since 1984 when we began in a small room at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Naperville. Three and a half decades… Read more »


Bolingbrook Compass Church Food Pantry/Loaves & Fishes

Serving our neighbors and meeting the needs of the community is a vital part of Loaves & Fishes mission. We are proud to announce the opening in Bolingbrook of the Compass Church Food Pantry in Collaboration with Loaves & Fishes Community Services.  


Naperville Kiwanis Pancake Festival

Save the Date! Thank you to Naperville Kiwanis Club for their generosity and support for Loaves & Fishes and our entire community! Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 7 AM – 12 PM Naperville Central High School 440 Aurora Ave, Naperville, Illinois Hosted by Kiwanis Club of Naperville More information here


Dealer Inspire’s Refuel Event

We extend our gratitude to Dealer Inspire CEO and Loaves & Fishes board member Joe Chura as he presented a check for $20,070 to Loaves & Fishes CEO Mike Havala, Vice President of Advancement Nancy Wiersum and Director of Philanthropy Eric Gardner. The donation was generated by ticket proceeds from Dealer Inspire’s Refuel event, a day long series of… Read more »


Continental Motors is Driven to Care

Continental Motors offered hope for a brighter future during their 8th Driven to Care Event, held at Continental Toyota in Hodgkins on December 6, 2018. Eight struggling families received a car courtesy of the Continental Motors Group franchises: Acura, Audi, Ferrari, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Toyota. This year’s event brought the total number of donated… Read more »


Giving Tuesday 11-27-18

Thank you! We are truly amazed by the overwhelming generosity displayed during Giving Tuesday. We have exceeded our match because our generous community believes in our mission and wanted to make an impact in the lives of families and individuals who struggle to meet their essential needs.   On November 27th Loaves & Fishes is… Read more »


Dishing With Dollar Up, Hunger Down Participants

Loaves & Fishes recently celebrated the conclusion of its first Dollar Up, Hunger Down initiative, sponsored by Dine Naperville  and Meson Sabika. The restaurants that graciously participated during September helped raise awareness and funds for struggling families in DuPage County. Last year, Loaves and Fishes provided weekly access to healthy, nutritious food to 4,651 households… Read more »