Stories of Philanthropy

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 »


Toasting for a Cause at Catch 35

You are cordially invited to join us for Toasting for a Cause on November 5, 2018. We are proud and honored to partner with Catch 35 for an evening of EXQUISITE food/wine pairings. Toasting for a Cause raises funds for essential needs like food, homeless prevention and utilities to help struggling families, seniors and children…. Read more »


Oktoberfest: DuPage Foundation Next Generation Initiative

We’re so grateful for the generous donation from the DuPage Foundation Next Generation Initiative Oktoberfest event and a matching gift from the Michael J. Schroeck Fund of the DuPage Foundation. Thank you to all who attended and to Alter Brewing Company and Uncle Bub’s Award Winning BBQ!


2018 Night to End Hunger Photo Gallery

Thank you! Thank you for helping make Night to End Hunger successful, with more than $330,000 raised to help struggling families.   WE DON’T TRANSFORM LIVES AND END HUNGER ALONE! WE DO IT TOGETHER!


ABC7 Chicago Proud Promo

After emceeing Loaves & Fishes Night to End Hunger gala, ABC7 anchor Judy Hsu chose Loaves & Fishes to film her Chicago Proud segment! She graciously chatted with both clients and volunteers in the market. We are grateful to Judy for showing such compassion and dedication toward struggling families. She brightened our day!  


ABC7 Chicago’s Newsviews

Our CEO Mike Havala and Vice President of Advancement Nancy Wiersum were guests on ABC7 Chicago’s “Newsviews” with Judy Hsu. We appreciate the opportunity to share the work we do to assist struggling families in DuPage County with the help of many volunteers and our community.


The Hobson Oak is Here!

The Hobson Oak took root before the American Revolution along the banks of the East Branch of the DuPage River near Hobson & Greene Roads in now Woodridge, Illinois. The bur oak supported many diverse life forms within and above and below ground. Its majestic presence shaded bison, deer and cows; created a playground for Native… Read more »


Chicago Automobile Trade Association Dealers Care

Joel Weinberger of Continental Motors Group met with Loaves & Fishes CARES Vice President Janet Derrick to promote Chicago Automobile Trade Association “Chicagoland Dealers Care” initiative on ABC 7 Chicago. We are so grateful for the support of Continental Motors to our car donation program!


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 »


Connecting with Betsy: Volunteer Spotlight

By: Allie Wenzel, Loaves & Fishes Intern Betsy began volunteering at Loaves & Fishes in sorting fresh product and stocking shelves and then became a market volunteer. She currently volunteers at the front desk answering calls and assisting clients with program questions. She decided to volunteer at Loaves & Fishes after retiring from being an educator… Read more »