Putting food on the table is becoming more difficult for a greater number of households. Loaves & Fishes Community Pantry in Naperville reports that in November they’d seen a 59% increase in family visits from the previous year. Johanna Cook, a.k.a. Momma Cuisine, wanted to do something about it so last week she hosted “Because We Care”, a fundraiser for the organization.
Naperville resident Doreen Schweitzer opened her award-winning home and interior design firm for the event. Johanna herself prepared a table laden with her own cuisine, and Jennifer Cannon of Cupcake Whimsy provided delicious baked goods. (Side note: a lady asked me how the cupcakes were and I said “great! I ate two and I never do that!” Then I introduced myself – to Jennifer Cannon. Talk about an honest review!) Kevin Conlin Entertainment entertained with songs we all knew the words to, and Dana Marie Smith poured wine for the attendees. Artist Elaine Mullowney donated three of her paintings for the silent auction!
But the real reason everyone was there was to learn about and help out people in need. Loaves & Fishes representatives Jody Bender, Community Manager, and Charles McLimans, Executive Director and CEO, spoke to the attendees about the rapidly increasing need for support as more and more people utilize their services. In addition to the pantry, they also offer income tax preparation, child car seat distribution, tutoring, and assistance with job searches.
The evening raised over $1000! If you’re interested in learning more, volunteering, and of course donating, visit their website at loaves-fishes.org.