Make A Difference
Through your support, we have been able to increase both the quantity and quality of the food we provide, and in a significant strategic change, expanded our services to programs beyond food in order to help families toward overall self-sufficiency. Whether you make a donation, organize a food drive, or attend an event, realize that your kindness will make a difference in the lives of our neighbors in need. The foundation built over the years has positioned us to move forward with stronger purpose and greater impact.
Simply said, our vision is to end hunger and transform lives. We look forward to partnering with you!
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DROP OFF HOURS
Food donations are accepted at the Loaves & Fishes location (1871 High Grove Lane, Naperville, IL 60540) during all regular business hours. Volunteers will be available to help unload your vehicle. Please make an appointment if you plan to drop off food outside of open hours.
MONDAY: 8am – 5pm TUESDAY: 8am – 5pm WEDNESDAY: 8am – 5pm THURSDAY: 8am – 5pm FRIDAY: 8am – 2pm SATURDAY: 8 am – 12pm SUNDAY: closed
When contributing foods to Loaves & Fishes, please select commercially packaged food items in cans or unbreakable containers. Consider donating healthy, low-fat and low-sugar products that our families are sure to appreciate and enjoy. Loaves & Fishes cannot distribute:
- open or used items
- foods in rusty, severely damaged or unlabeled containers
- outdated or expired food items
- homemade canned goods or re-packaged goods
- prepared foods that are unpackaged
- alcoholic beverages
- prescriptive medical supplements
- PLEASE do not leave perishable food items in food collection bins without notifying an attendant.
Virtual Food Drive
Introducing a new way to get involved in the fight to end hunger with The Virtual Food Drive! “You click, families eat!”
Loaves and Fishes Community Services is making it easier to help families in need with the Virtual Food Drive. With just a few clicks, any day of the year, you can purchase healthy food products at discounted prices that are most needed by our clients. This will help ensure that the shelves will continue to be stocked with nutritious food for our clients.
If you or your group is thinking of hosting a food drive or wants to give back, the Loaves & Fishes Virtual Food Drive offers a simple and convenient way to do just that. Through the Virtual Food Drive, you can purchase high demand healthy products, such as milk, eggs or baby formula. Your dollars will also go further with the Virtual Food Drive because of Loaves & Fishes’ cooperative buying power.
To organize a Virtual Food Drive for your business or group,contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Donate A Car
Donate an unwanted vehicle and help transform a life. Loaves & Fishes will first try to repair your car and give it to a working family in need, or sell it and use the funds to repair other donated cars. We accept all types of vehicles – any condition, running or not. There is no cost to you for removal of vehicle. A car donation to Loaves & Fishes is a qualified donation to a 501 (c) 3 under the US tax law. Please consult your tax advisor regarding your donation. To donate your car contact: Loaves & Fishes at 630.355.3663 or CARESprograms@loaves-fishes.org.
Together, we have donated more than 1500 cars to working families!
Legacy Gifts-Planned Giving
What Will Your Legacy Be?
For more than 35 years, Loaves & Fishes Community Services has been serving families in need through healthy food and impactful programs for self-sufficiency. The support of our community has allowed this resounding commitment to struggling families to grow and evolve with the need. We are so deeply grateful to all the generous people who help bring our vital mission to life.
You can ensure your commitment to ending hunger and transforming lives continues through a planned gift which allows the momentum to continue. By including Loaves & Fishes in your estate plans, you can make an impact that lives on and on. Such a gift makes sure the Loaves & Fishes mission thrives into the future and ensures your legacy.
There are numerous ways to make a legacy gift; see below for some of them. When you indicate your intention to us, you will become part of our Feeding the Futures Legacy Circle. This generous group has indicated that a planned gift will eventually be made to Loaves & Fishes. All of us are forever grateful for the generosity and foresight of those in the Feeding the Future Legacy Circle.
Feeding the Future Legacy Circle members are honored at our Celebration of Compassion, on our donor recognition wall, in the Annual Report, and through a special recognition event. Even more important, they know that they are leaving an incredible personal legacy that reflects their generous spirit.
What is a Planned Gift?
A planned gift is a specially designated gift that is usually part of your overall estate or financial plan. Including a planned gift is a very simple and easy thing to do. A planned gift may be revocable or irrevocable, frequently provides financial benefit to the charity at a future date rather than currently, and is sometimes the largest gift a donor will make.
Types of planned gifts include:
IRA Beneficiary Designation
Life Insurance Beneficiary Designation
Charitable Remainder Trust
Gifts of Appreciated Securities
Real Estate Gifts
Bequests can be designated in the donor’s will or living trust. You can choose to leave a specified amount or a percentage of your estate.
“I give to Loaves & Fishes Community Services, located at 1871 High Grove Lane, Naperville, IL 60540 the following (here state the amount or percentage of your estate you plan to contribute) for general support to advance the mission of Loaves & Fishes Community Services.”
Note that if you already have a will or trust, there is no need to rewrite the documents. You can simply add an amendment to your existing will or trust document.
IRA Beneficiary Designation
Naming Loaves & Fishes Community Services as a beneficiary to your IRA is a simple way to make a planned gift.
Life Insurance Policy
Naming Loaves & Fishes Community Services as a beneficiary of your Life Insurance Policy is another way to make a planned gift.
Charitable Remainder Trust
A charitable remainder trust is an irrevocable trust that pays you during your lifetime. The remainder is paid to Loaves & Fishes upon your death.
A lead trust is an irrevocable arrangement that provides annual gift income from the lead trust assets to Loaves & Fishes over a period of years. At the end of that period, the remaining assets are given to non-charitable beneficiaries, usually children or grandchildren. Lead trusts are particularly appropriate for assets that are likely to appreciate substantially over the life of the trust (typically 10-20 years).
Gifts of Securities
Instead of giving cash to Loaves & Fishes, appreciated securities such stock or mutual funds can be donated directly to Loaves & Fishes.
Real Estate Gift
There can be tremendous benefits to donating your home or vacation home to Loaves & Fishes. You will receive the tax benefit today and remain in your home as long as you would like. After you no longer live in the home, Loaves & Fishes would then take possession.
Please consult your advisor or attorney to determine the best way for you to give a Planned Gift.
All Planned Gifts are deeply appreciated and ensure that your legacy of compassion continues.
To learn more about Planned Giving to Loaves & Fishes, contact:
Eric Gardner at email@example.com – 630.355.3663 Ext. 116
Nancy Wiersum at firstname.lastname@example.org – 630.355.3663 Ext. 117
Nourishing Futures Sponsorships
Loaves & Fishes is serving more than 800 families a week through its food assistance and Loaves & Fishes CARES programs. Loaves & Fishes grocery assistance provides access to a variety of healthy food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, grains, proteins, milk and eggs with an emphasis on special care populations such as infants, children and seniors. Loaves & Fishes CARES programs provide low-income families with support to meet their immediate needs and achieve long-term self-sufficiency. The Nourishing Futures sponsorships provide vital support for the market and CARES programs. Contact Nancy Wiersum, Vice President Advancement at email@example.com or 630.355.3663 Ext. 117
Sponsor an Event
Thank you for giving consideration to host an event to benefit Loaves & Fishes! If you are interested in sponsoring a Loaves & Fishes event, please email Joni Wiltz, Director of Marketing & Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsors & Partners
We are grateful for the tremendous support of our partners. Collaboration is the foundation of our organization – by working together we can accomplish great things! Loaves & Fishes also partners with other community organizations to serve those in need.
- 3 Won, LLC
- A.S.G. Staffing, Inc.
- Blistex, Inc.
- Emerson Network Power Energy Systems
- Exelon Corporation
- Gerald Auto Group
- Jilco, Inc.
- John Green Enterprises, Inc.
- Pancake Cafe
- Phoenix Closures
- Pivotal Homes Solutions
- Pretzel and Stouffer, Chartered
- Reebie Storage & Moving Co.
- Research, Evaluation & Consulting Associates, LLC
- Sikich LLP
- The Standard Companies