It was special Flag Day at Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry in Naperville as residents joined together to raise awareness of hunger affecting families and individuals throughout the area.
“This is our fifth annual Day Without Hunger, and we held it today for Flag Day,” said chairperson for the event Renee Monroe. “Charles McLimans is a very patriotic soul and really loves to pay back to the veterans in our community and country.”
The patriotic theme of “Freedom Without Hunger” was just the beginning of the repayment. At the ceremonial flag raising that kicked off the festivities, the pantry announced a partnership with the Illinois Department of Veterans to make sure our soldiers returning home will have help when needed.
“Anyone that has been in combat doesn’t want to talk about the bad things, only the good things,” said World War II veteran Ed Hoy. “What Loaves & Fishes is doing for the hungry people and also the alliance with the veterans that need help is certainly one of the good things.”
At the center of the event was a community food drive to help the pantry assist the 27,000 families that visited Loaves & Fishes in the past year. A 70% increase from the previous year.
Visitors enjoyed multiple musical acts including headliner Brother John. Free vegetable plants were given to visitors to take home and grow, and children participated in activities courtesy of the DuPage Childrens Museum. The day provided plenty of fun, but more importantly food to help those in need.
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