Loaves & Fishes Celebrates Five-Year Collaboration with food pantry in Bolingbrook

Above / For five years, Loaves & Fishes has worked in collaboration with The Compass Church Food Pantry in Bolingbrook to bring healthy food to the community. (Photo courtesy Loaves & Fishes)

Loaves & Fishes Community Services and The Compass Church in Bolingbrook have been working together to bring healthy food to the community for the past five years.

In 2018, Loaves & Fishes set out to address the significant unmet need in Bolingbrook, where many nearby residents lacked reliable transportation to access food. Loaves & Fishes and The Compass Church developed a program for food distributions. On the first day of food distribution, the mobile pantry served 105 people. Over the course of the past five years, Loaves & Fishes and The Compass Church has served 73,000 residents of Will County at the Bolingbrook location.

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“We are dedicated to providing healthy food and impactful programming by bringing it directly to communities with a significant unmet need,” said Mike Havala, President & CEO of Loaves & Fishes Community Services. “We are grateful to the staff and volunteer team of the Compass Church for making this a reality.” 

How can you help? Volunteer at the Compass Church Bolingbrook food pantry by visiting loaves-fishes.org/volunteer. 

Note also that Loaves & Fishes is looking for volunteers who are bilingual. 

Loaves and Fishes Community Services since 1984

Loaves & Fishes Community Services is a registered 501(3) organization serving more than 8,000 people a week by providing healthy food and impactful programs for self-sufficiency. It is one of the largest food pantries in the state of Illinois. Clients receive a healthy variety of food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, milk and eggs.

The Loaves & Fishes CARES programs help clients become self-sufficient through opportunities such as emergency assistance for rent or utilities, assistance with public benefits, car donations, tax preparation, job readiness, budget, and credit classes, and Moving Up, a 20-session intensive to help clients overcome barriers preventing them from becoming self-sufficient.

Loaves & Fishes serves DuPage, Will, Kane, and Kendall counties. Loaves & Fishes Grocery Market and administrative offices are located in Naperville, and their Food Distribution Hub is located in Aurora. For more information, visit loaves-fishes.org.

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