Food Pantry Busier Over the Past Year

A local food pantry saw a lot more traffic over the last 12 months than in previous years.

Loaves and fishes recently released their “Community Impact Report’” which details the number of lives touched through its donated food and other services for low-income families…

In 2012, new family enrollment grew about 71%, serving more than 110,000 individuals throughout Naperville and DuPage County.

During that time, the pantry distributed roughly 3.2 million pounds of groceries to families in need, about a third higher than in 2011.

“What it says is on one hand that the economy is not getting better. There continues to be high unemployment,” said Charles McLimans, Executive Director of Loaves and Fishes. “There are many people who have lost their benefits, their jobless benefits and continue to look for work & continue to use our services. We feel good that it was a huge year for us. It took a huge bite out of hunger and that’s what we’re most proud of.”

Such efforts were possible because of the volunteers, which donated about 66,000 hours of service.

Loaves and Fishes also partners with the Northern Illinois Food Bank, local grocers, and area gardeners to help stock their shelves with nutritious food.

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