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Published for the Clients of Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry

CommunityConnections UPCOMING PROGRAMS AND OPPORTUNITIES PANTRY REMINDERS To ensure Loaves & Fishes operates efficiently for all clients, we must enforce the following parking policies:

Parking Client Parking will open 30 minutes before pick-up. El registro termina 30 minutos antes del cierre. Clients may not park in lots of surrounding buildings. Parking in unauthorized areas may result in being towed. Los clientes no pueden estacionarse en los lotes de los edificios circundantes. El aparcamiento en zonas no autorizadas puede resultar en ser remolcado.

Are Things out of Control? Get on track for a prosperous future with the “Out of Poverty” program offered by Catholic Charities. Let “Out of Poverty” help you take control and work against hunger, homelessness, unemployment and low self-esteem. Classes will be held on 8 consecutive Mondays, from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm, starting April 8, 2013 through May 28, 2013 at Marian Park Apartments 2088 W. Roosevelt Road in Wheaton. There is no fee for this program and babysitting services are available for those in need. To register call Yvonne Morrongiello at 630495-8008 ext. 2122.

WAYS fun-filled Summer Camp from June 3-August 23, 2013 Wayne/Winfield Area Youth/Family Services (WAYS) summer camp is for elementary age children with opportunities for middle school students as Junior Counselors. Fun activities and field trips will promote problem solving, decision making, physical activity, social skills and self- esteem. Camp runs 10 am – 4 pm, Monday through Friday with the option of extended hours from 8am – 6pm. Youth come for one or more weeks. The cost is $65/week, with scholarships available based on income. For more information or registration call 630231-7166 or visit

April • Community Calendar

No Cost Dental Services The Chicago Dental Society Foundation (CDSF) Dental Clinic provides primary dental care including oral examinations, prophylaxis, inter-oral and panoramic x-rays, basic restorations and extractions at no cost to patients who demonstrate need and reside in Cook, Lake and DuPage counties. Patients must provide proof of residency, must be unable to get insurance and must show proof of qualifying income. The clinic is in the Wheaton Oaks Professional Building at 416 E. Roosevelt Road in Wheaton. For more information contact the Dental Clinic at: 630-260-8530.

Make a Road Map for Financial Success

Whether your finances are a mess or you already have a handle on your spending, a clear, personalized road map will help you achieve your goals. Attend the Journey to Financial Freedom Seminar, presented by Crown Financial Ministries, on Saturday, April 13, 9 am – 4 pm and get practical advice . It is hosted by Grace Pointe Church, 1320 East Chicago Ave., Naperville. You must pre-register by April 7. For more information contact Larry Von Arb at (630) 355-3799, or

Tutoring in English Would you like to improve your English speaking, reading and writing skills, but find it impossible to attend classes? Literacy DuPage offers tutoring schedules that are customized to meet your needs. Contact Literacy DuPage at 630-416-6699 and tell them that Loaves & Fishes sent you.

Hands & Feet Outreach St. Paul Lutheran Church is sponsoring an outreach program at 537 S. Ardmore in Villa Park to help those in DuPage County who need item which cannot be purchased by food stamps (soap, toothpaste, diapers, shampoo, toilet paper, laundry detergent, and more). Hands and Feet will be open the first Sunday of the month from 2-4 pm. Call 630-832-5580 if you have questions. Bring ID or lease to show address.

Baby Steps Join other young parents and parents-to-be (22 and under) and share in the experience of one of Teen Parent Connection’s most popular programs. Meet other young families; learn about your baby’s development and how to access resources in your community. Most of all, come to feel great about yourself! If interested call: Courtney Simek at 630-790-8433 ext. 307.

Book Fair for Client Families Free Books will be distributed to client children and their parents during Distribution Hours the week of April 13 – 18 at Loaves & Fishes. You are welcome to bring your children even if it is not your regular week to shop. Let the Reception Desk know you are here for the Book Fair only.

L&F ART Contest

Home Safety Modifications

Will you draw us a picture? Loaves & Fishes would like some children’s drawings to use in our 2014 CALENDAR, decorate our lobby, use on holiday cards, and to help people know about us. Any child 5 to age 18 can participate. See the Reception Desk for more information and a submission form. Deadline is June 30.

Rebuilding Together Aurora offers no-cost, home safety and accessibility modifications for low-income homeowners who are seniors, living with a disability or caring for a loved one with a disability. Call 630-5857510 for more information and to apply.

Loaves & Fishes gustaría dibujos de algunos niños para tilizarlos en nuestro CALENDARIO 2014, decorar el lobby, el uso de tarjetas de vacaciones, y ayudar a la gente nos conozca. Todos los niños de 5 a 18 años de edad pueden participar. Fecha límite: 30 de junio 2013.

April • News & Reminders Public Benefit Assistance

• SNAP El programa de asistencia de nutrición suplementaria de Illinois puede ayudarle con los costos de la comida. Los beneficios se proveen a través de la tarjeta Link– una tarjeta electrónica que puede ser usada en la mayoría de las tiendas de alimentos . Nuestro representante trabajará con Ud durante para enviar la aplicación.

If you are facing an emergency, or need help in understanding the community assistance that might be available to you or your household, meet with a representative from Loaves & Fishes while you are at the pantry. •

Illinois Supplemental Nutrition Assistance program (SNAP)

Submit your application online for additional food for your family. Benefits are provided on the Link Card, an electronic card that can be used at most grocery stores.

• Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

This assistance program helps eligible households pay winter gas or electric bills.

Medical Care (Access DuPage)


BAJOS INGRESOS (LIHEAP por sus siglas en Inglés) ayuda a hogares elegibles a pagar costos eléctricos o de gas durante el invierno. Nuestro representante trabajará con Ud durante para enviar la aplicación.

• Access DuPage proporciona atención médica a DuPage residentes sin seguro de salud. Haga una cita para llenar una solicitud en la recepción

Access DuPage provides medical care to DuPage residents with no health insurance. Make an appointment to fill out an application at the reception desk.

Need Help With your Tax Return?

Got Questions About What You Eat? We’ve got answers!

Loaves & Fishes is an IRS approved VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) site, offering FREE help on state and federal tax returns for households with incomes below $51,000. Volunteers are available for appointments 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and 8:00 am – 12:00 pm on Saturdays through Saturday, April 13. Call the reception desk to make an appointment 630-355-3663. Walk-ins are accepted.

The Human Race 5K Run/Fitness Walk April 27, 2013, 9:00 am The Esplanade at Locust Point 1901 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove

FREE Nutrition Counseling is now available.Appointments are available on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for individuals and families with no insurance. Visit the reception desk to schedule an appointment.

choose MyPlate Food choices for a healthy lifestyle*

If you signed up to walk or run, talk to the receptionist to be sure you have all the information you need.

1. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables Choose red, orange, and dark-green vegetables like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli, along with other vegetables for your meals. Add fruit to meals as part of main or side dishes as dessert.

MONEY SMART WEEK is APRIL 20-27 Don't miss these FREE discussions scheduled in the Loaves & Fishes Community Room. Affordable Housing Opportunities in DuPage County Monday, April 22 3:00 – 5:00 Getting More from Social Security Tuesday, April 23 4:00 – 5:00

Sign up at the Reception Desk.

2. Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk They have the same amount of calcium and other essential nutrients as whole milk, but fewer calories and less saturated fat. 3. Make half your grains whole grains To eat more whole grains substitute a wholegrain product for a refined product-- such as eating whole wheat bread instead of white bread or brown rice instead of white rice.

*USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion