Nancy WiersumNancy Wiersum is the Executive Vice President of Advancement for Loaves & Fishes Community Services, an anti-poverty, hunger relief agency providing food and leadership to the Naperville and DuPage areas. With a wealth of experience in nonprofit leadership, she has held executive positions at renowned organizations such as the Robert Crown Center for Health Education and 360 Youth Services. Nancy is also a seasoned speaker and writer, having authored columns in multiple publications simultaneously and hosted NCTV17’s television show spotlighting nonprofit organizations for eight years, interviewing over 1,000 individuals. In recognition of her outstanding contributions, Nancy has received prestigious awards such as the Paul Harris Fellowship award and the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce “Woman Who Inspires” award.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • Nancy Wiersum shares her background and what attracted her to Loaves & Fishes
  • The mission of Loaves & Fishes and the services it offers
  • Food pantries’ evolution and existing gaps
  • Loaves & Fishes’ CARES programs
  • What is the food sourcing task force?
  • How the organization measures impact
  • Leadership challenges and Loaves & Fishes’ collaborative efforts
  • Fostering individual and professional growth
  • The impact of COVID on the organization and the lessons learned

In this episode…

Over time, food pantries have evolved to meet the changing needs of communities, yet there remain gaps in access and resources. How can programs like these overcome such challenges and work to bridge the divide?

Food pantries like Loaves & Fishes play a critical role in supporting communities and providing essential resources to those in need. Community advocate Nancy Wiersum has witnessed firsthand how the organization addresses community needs while striving to create long-term solutions by offering vital services to individuals and families facing food insecurity. One of Loaves & Fishes’ standout initiatives is its CARES programs, which provide comprehensive support to individuals and families, including access to nutritious food, financial assistance, and educational resources. These programs alleviate immediate hunger and empower individuals to build a brighter future for themselves and their families.

In this episode of the Mission Matters Podcast, Paul Feith hosts Nancy Wiersum, Executive Vice President of Advancement for Loaves & Fishes Community Services, to explore the profound impact of food pantries on communities. Nancy delves into the mission of Loaves & Fishes, highlighting its services and CARES programs. She also shares valuable insights gained from navigating the challenges posed by the pandemic, highlighting the organization’s resilience and adaptability.

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