Volunteer News

Congrats to our 2020 Naperville Youth Service Award

  On December 9th,  One of our teen volunteers, Clarice Ong was recognized as one of the 2020 Youth Sercie Award winners by KidsMatter and the Naperville City council.  Mayor Chirico opened the zoom event and then council members read the nominations. John Krummen read the nomination for Clarice: I am delighted to nominate Clarice Ong… Read more »


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 »


Marian Park Mobile Food Pantry

Marian Park in Wheaton is a low-income senior living facility in which many residents face barriers to realizing food security. Food security is defined as having access to sufficient quantities of affordable and healthy food for the whole family. These barriers include health issues, low-income and little or no access to transportation. For two years,… Read more »


Erin’s Excellent Intern Adventure

An Incredible Opportunity: Reflection by Erin Turcic, Loaves & Fishes Intern Ever wonder what our organization is like when viewed from the inside? Loaves & Fishes was privileged to host Erin Turcic as an intern for four months. Erin is a senior at North Central College majoring in Human Resource Management. She offered her thoughts about Loaves… Read more »


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.


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 »


Stamp Out Hunger: 77, 695 Pounds of Food!

As the last of 77,695 pounds of food is sorted from the Letter Carrier’s Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive,  Manager of Volunteer Services Hilary Nelson reflects on both the Loaves & Fishes and Naperville communities’ great efforts. Thank You, by Hilary Nelson   It may have been a cold, rainy Saturday on May 12th, 2018,… 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 »


Stamp Out Hunger 2018

Thank you! We’ve collected more than 78,000 pounds of food! The Annual Letter Carriers Food Drive takes place the second Saturday in May. This year, on May 12th, our compassionate community placed healthy, non-perishable food donations by their mailboxes. Our dedicated carriers and volunteers collected 77,000 pounds of food and brought it to Loaves &… Read more »


Metea Valley National Art Honor Society Project

        “The principle of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” – Jerzy Kosinski         The student members of the Metea Valley National Art Honor Society embarked on an artistic journey that would take them most of their school year. Their mission was to create a mural… Read more »