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Published for the Friends and Volunteers of Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry

The Power of Community to Change Lives

Fall 2013

Volunteers Trained for Enroll DuPage Initiative Loaves & Fishes is one of 13 community partners awarded funds by the DuPage County Health Department to participate in Enroll DuPage activities, which entail conducting outreach, education and enrollment in the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace throughout DuPage County. Enrollment in the Marketplace will begin at our site in mid-October, with coverage starting January 1, 2014. Loaves & Fishes received a grant of $50,000 to participate in this effort. DuPage County Health Department received funding from the Illinois Department of Public Health to partner with community groups in providing outreach and enrollment assistance to DuPage County residents. The state has received federal funding to cover the start-up costs and the first year of operations of the Marketplace. Staff and volunteers selected for Enroll DuPage participated in an intensive training program designed to prepare them to educate consumers about the ACA and their health care options. Several Naperville CARES volunteers are also part of the Loaves & Fishes program, which will offer 12 to 15 hours of weekly assistance. “Our amazing volunteers have worked hard to meet the demands of an In-Person counselor for the Affordable Care Act,” according to Jane Macdonald, Director of Client Engagement. “The training required both federal and state components, a significant commitment of time.” While many questions exist about the changes in healthcare coverage, many Loaves & Fishes clients are expected to be able to take advantage of the new Medicaid expansion. Volunteers are happy to answer clients’ questions and to be part of finding the solutions for our community. 

REFRIGERATED TRUCK OPENS DOORS FOR LOAVES & FISHES The top priority of Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry’s strategic plan is to provide the broadest array possible of healthy and diverse food options. Loaves & Fishes consulted with its Nutrition Advisory Council (NAC), comprised of nutritional experts and licensed dietitians, for advice to achieve this goal. With a client base transcending all ages and diverse cultures, nutritional considerations are no small challenge, and the NAC is tasked with ensuring that Loaves & Fishes’ clients receive well-balanced, healthy food options. According to NAC chair, Toni Havala, M.S., R.D., L.D.N., “Low fat dairy alternatives, such as soy, are the primary sources of calcium and vitamin D in the American child’s diet. They also provide a valuable source of protein. Without these foods, it puts a child at risk for deficiencies and the associated health risks.” Thanks to a recent grant and additional private donations, a new refrigerated truck is now part of Loaves & Fishes’ food recovery vehicles, which will make it possible for Loaves & Fishes to substantially increase the amount of healthy lean proteins and produce it offers. “Families with limited resources often have to forgo these food groups to make ends meet,” Havala explains. “Having these foods available to pantry clients is such a wonderful opportunity and a boon for the health of the community.” With the addition of a refrigerated truck, perishable products will now be safely and efficiently transported year round. Charlie Brooks, United Parcel Service (UPS) Region Operations Manager, who serves on the Loaves & Fishes Board of Directors, was instrumental in obtaining funding toward this critical expense. Additional support came from donors who contributed to the Truck Club, a targeted appeal. “The purchase of this refrigerated vehicle realizes a long-held goal to allow Loaves & Fishes to access many more opportunities to receive healthy, perishable food items for our families,” said Charles P. McLimans. “This truck will help us increase capacity in providing the nutritious, fresh foods that are so popular with our clients and essential for their health and well-being.” Large donations of perishable goods may be arranged by calling 630-355-3663.  1

board of Directors Barry Horek, Chair CPA, Retired partner, Ernst & Young

Mike Havala, Vice Chair GoldTree Capital Advisors, LLC

Tracey Cowart, Secretary Cowart Chiropractic

Alice Sisbarro, Treasurer CPA

Brian Bolliger, Immed. Past Chair SkeensMcDonell Consulting Group, PLC

Charles McLimans, Ex officio Executive Director/CEO

Peggy Beata RLP Images

Charlie Brooks UPS

David Brown Mondelez International

Kevin Burns CPA, WTAS

Harol-Deane Garren, Emerita Retired Teacher

Wendy Hayum-Gross Mary Kay Cosmetics & NCC LCPC

Tom Kallay Nicor Gas/AGL Services

George Mann Global Risk Services, Ltd.

Alicia McCareins, PhD, JD

Director’s Corner A Time for Giving Thanks Autumn is my favorite season. Cooler temperatures arrive, leaves begin to turn, our fiscal year audit is complete, and we continue to reap the rich harvest of fresh fruits and vegetables planted and shared by our neighbors. And so it is we enter the season of giving thanks. Thank you for helping Loaves & Fishes achieve another record year! In the past fiscal year we provided 3,272,680 pounds of groceries to 4,606 individual households, a 9% increase over the prior year. The number of people served throughout the year totaled 122,932, and 43% of them were children. 1,682 people enhanced their lives through our empowerment programs, and our volunteers provided 79,000 hours of service to our cause. Wow! That is the power of a compassionate community in action. Thank you to our donors for funding our shared aspiration of a hunger free community, and the aspirations of the neighbors who come to us who need our help and rely on your compassion. Through your generosity we were able to fund three new programs and feed more people with more nutritious food. For example, you have helped us to triple our purchase of milk for families with kids, and obtain a refrigerated truck to transport dairy, meats, and other fresh products safely and directly from our community food partners to our grocery distribution center. Thank you to our outstanding volunteers who are the most amazing, giving, wonderful people in the world. Loaves & Fishes runs and works because of your heart for service. And even though we had a record number of volunteers and service hours this past year, we still find ourselves short-handed in many areas. With the addition of more hours of distribution this past year, more empowerment programs, and more opportunities for volunteer engagement in leadership roles, we continue to seek and need more helping hands and open hearts. So please thank our volunteers when you see them, and consider the many service opportunities available at Loaves & Fishes. By the way, December 3, 2013 is “Giving Tuesday” nationwide. Read more information about this tremendous opportunity to double the impact of your gift in the box below. And thank you for the blessing of your friendship! Gratefully,

RECA, Inc.

Tom McGough ConAgra Foods

Chris Michalski BMO Harris Bank

Matt Pfeiffer Pfeiffer Law Offices, P.C.

Tom Winters PepsiCo

Management Team Charles McLimans

Giving (HOPE) Tuesday We all know about the major days devoted to holiday shopping – Black Friday and Cyber Monday- but have you heard about Giving Tuesday devoted to philanthropy? A generous anonymous Loaves & Fishes donor has issued a challenge grant to match $20,000 made in donations to Loaves & Fishes on December 3rd. Make your gift by visiting that day and follow the Giving Tuesday link, or send a check with Giving Tuesday in the memo. What a marvelous way to kick off the season of giving & our HOPE (Help Other People Eat) Holiday Drive!

Executive Director/CEO

Jody Bender Director of Community Engagement

Cary Gilkey Operations Manager

Elizabeth Hoffman Office/HR Manager

Jane Macdonald Director of Client Engagement

Megan Selck Director of Advancement & Engagement

Shelly Schmitz Director of Volunteer Engagement

Loaves & Fishes

1871 High Grove Lane Naperville, Illinois 60540 Ph: 630.355.FOOD (3663) Fax: 630.355.0562

As a registered 501(c)(3) charity, all donations are fully tax-deductible.


New Board Members

Major Grants

Loaves & Fishes welcomes three new members to our Board of Directors:

Thank you to the following supporters for their recent grants:

Dave Brown of Mondelez, Inc. (formerly Kraft Foods) has been a food industry executive for 25 years. He continues the company’s tradition of community involvement.

DuPage Community Foundation

George Mann III is a successful entrepreneur who heads both Global Risk Systems, Ltd., and Maintenance Value Plan, LLC. He and his wife, Julie, are both Loaves & Fishes volunteers. Dr. Alicia McCareins, owner of Research Evaluation & Consulting Associates, is a passionate hunger relief advocate who most recently served on our Community Advisory Committee. She was an NFL Campbell’s Soup Mom when her sons, Justin and Jay McCareins, played professional football. We thank Bill Garlough and Ron Haskell, who retired at the completion of their terms, for their outstanding service. 

DuPage County Enroll DuPage DuPage County Human Service Grant Fund Jackson National Life Insurance Lisle Community Service Corporation The Blowitz-Ridgeway Foundation United Way 

The Raphael Society Legacies are not just for superheroes and sports stars. You can leave a lasting impression in your community by joining The Raphael Society. Learn more by contacting Megan Selck, at The good you do for your community lives forever. 

Don’t Miss the following events SUN, OCT. 20th, 11:30 AM TO 4:30 PM

October 31st Halloween


Trick or Treat for Loaves & Fishes!

Purchase your tickets today for The Rotary Club of Naperville’s sixth annual event Soup’s On! being held on Sunday, October 20th from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Loaves & Fishes is honored to be a beneficiary of this outstanding family event along with Hesed House, DuPage PADS, and the Rotary Club of Naperville Charities. This year, the event will be held at Naperville Central High School. More than twenty of the area’s top restaurants will be serving everything from beef tenderloin and pulled pork sandwiches, artisan breads, and a selection of gourmet cheeses to a wide variety of soups, chili, and gumbo, and decadent desserts. A children’s food and beverage menu will also be offered. Musical entertainment will be provided by national awardwinning high school student musical ensembles from Districts 203 and 204. A silent auction and a supervised children’s play area sponsored by the DuPage Children’s Museum will be part of the fun. Ticket prices are $45 per adult (13 and up); $35 for Military and Seniors (65+); and $10 per child (6-12); children ages 5 and under are admitted free. All food, soft drinks, coffee, and entertainment are included. For more information go to

Food insecurity is a scary prospect for those who experience it. This year, children can enjoy the thrills of Halloween and help those in need by collecting coins for Loaves & Fishes. Did you know a water bottle full of dimes contains $90? Since Loaves & Fishes can buy $10 of food for each $1 received, a water bottle full of dimes will provide $900 worth of healthy food for a hungry family. Visit our website for a label to cut out and affix to a water or sports drink bottle to take when Trick or Treating. It’s easy and fun to help!

Sunday, October 20th, 1:30 PM

Naperville Area CROP Walk The Naperville Area CROP Walk is an ecumenical and interfaith effort of nearly 20 Naperville area congregations and organizations to help hungry families in our community and around the world. Walkers will step off from Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner, at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 20th to walk a 3.1 (5K) route. Loaves & Fishes is proud to be a local beneficiary, receiving 12.5% of monies raised. Learn more and register online.

Thursday, November 28th

Dan Gibbons Turkey Trot (Thanksgiving Day) Enjoy guilt-free seconds of your Thanksgiving meal after kicking off the day with this family-friendly 5K fun run starting in beautiful downtown Elmhurst. This is the 29th year since Dan Gibbons, a member of the Loaves & Fishes Community Advisory Council, organized a race to raise money for families in need and provide them with food for the holidays. Loaves & Fishes is proud to be one of six DuPage County charities supported by the race proceeds. Registration is $30 per person, which includes a long-sleeved race t-shirt. The festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. and the race starts at 9. Learn more about the race and registration at

Volunteer Corner Summer was a busy time in the Volunteer Engagement office. Shelly Schmitz has stepped in as Director of Volunteer Engagement after April Fitzhugh made the decision to stay home with her new son. Hilary Nelson, who became interim Volunteer Coordinator when April went on maternity leave in June, was rewarded for her fine work with the permanent title of Volunteer Coordinator. We are excited to have this duo lead our current volunteers and help recruit some new faces too! “I joined as a volunteer during the summer of 2012, working on the registration team and Day Without Hunger and embarking on the Enroll DuPage program,” Shelly said. “I was always so impressed with the compassion and enthusiasm of all the volunteers. I am so delighted that now I get to work with everyone every day! I am making 1,500 new friends!”

Join Our Volunteer Workforce! While a volunteer workforce of 1,500 sounds massive, Loaves & Fishes has so much demand for our services that we are always recruiting more service-minded folks. Visit our website at to get started.

100% Enrollment of Open House Attendees! The September open house was a huge success! 43 people attended, enjoyed a tour of the pantry, explored volunteer opportunities and then SIGNED ON for their first shift! WOW - 100% enrollment by the attendees. We still have a place for friendly faces in our aisles, natural leaders who can guide small groups sorting or shelving and active bodies for those who like to move during the volunteer time here! Please call 630-355-3663 to learn how you can join our volunteer community! It will make YOU feel good! 


Ending Hunger

Empowering Lives

1871 High Grove Lane • Naperville, IL 60540

Inside: Loaves & Fishes Fiscal Year 2013 Summary volunteer • donate • support

Thanksgiving will be here before we know it! Holiday meals are given out beginning Nov. 12!


I want to help Loaves & Fishes provide HOPE this holiday season! Enclosed is my gift of: ¨ $30 Complete holiday meal for 1 family. ¨ $60 Complete holiday meals for 2 families. ¨ $_____ Complete holiday meals for ____ families. Name: _________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________ Phone: ________________________________________________ E-mail: ________________________________________________ Mail to: Loaves & Fishes, 1871 High Grove Lane, Naperville, IL 60540 Or make a secure gift online at: NL Thank you!

FOR SALE NOW! Don’t Miss Important Dates & Help Loaves & Fishes with Our 2014 Wall Calendar! The title of our 2014 calendar is: “30 Years of helping children achieve their dreams!” In addition to the children’s colorful drawings and short artist bios, you’ll find spacious boxes to note all your plans and activities. Events important to Loaves & Fishes, including key drives, Day Without Hunger, are also included. A limited quantity are available for purchase at Loaves & Fishes, Anderson’s Bookshop, Oswald’s Pharmacy, and Affordable Antiques & More. At $10 each, they make great holiday gifts and your support will help more children achieve their dreams! 

Does your employer offer to Match Your Gift? Many employers match the gifts of their employees. Ask for a matching gift form from your human resources department. It doesn’t matter if you send the form with your gift or after you have made your gift. We will take care of everything else. Thank you! 


Loaves & Fishes Fall 2013 Newsletter