Loaves & Fishes Day Without Hunger

Loaves & Fishes kicked off their 30th year during their seventh annual Day Without Hunger event with three big announcements.

Residents gathered at Loaves & Fishes High Grove Lane campus to raise awareness of how hunger affects families and individuals in our area.

The eight-hour event kicked off with a press conference announcing the official name change of the organization.

“Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry is now Loaves & Fishes Community Services,” said the organization’s President/CEO, Charles McLimans to the crowd.

The group also announced a $6 million power of community campaign to help them implement new changes coming to the organization.

“We will introduce a client engagement model that will help rebuild the lives of our clients who are experience difficult barriers,” said Loaves & Fishes President/CEO, Charles McLimans. “Whether that be debt, foreclosure, or even mental health issues, Loaves & Fishes staff and volunteers will be on hand to assist and refer clients to the services they need while also reaching their goals to be self sufficient.”

The campaign has already raised more than $3.3 million, and with its buying power, Loaves & Fishes can take a $1 donation and translate it into about $10 worth of services.

The event was also a chance to celebrate Loaves & Fishes being named the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago’s 2013-2014 Safety Net Impact Organization of the Year.

Visitors were treated to a free community picnic, exhibits, and live music to help them have fun while learning about hunger.

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