A Downers Grove resident is the new CEO of West Suburban Community Pantry – Shaw Local

The West Suburban Community Pantry Board of Directors has announced the appointment of Suzanne Armato as Executive Director.

Armato served as executive director of the Cancer Support Center, serving the southern suburbs of Chicago for the past nine years. She will join the pantry in her new role on October 1.

Armato brings 30 years of nonprofit leadership, with strong skills in team building, donor acquisition and financial management, according to a press release. Armato holds a bachelor’s degree in economics with a concentration in public policy and sociology from the University of Chicago and a master’s degree in public policy from the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. A resident of Downers Grove, she and her family have volunteered at the West Suburban Community Pantry for 20 years.

“We have been so moved by the magnitude of the need for food and the number of ways West Suburban Community Pantry has been able to help,” Armato said in the statement. “Community means everything to us, and nutrition is essential to the mental and physical health, education and employment of the community. The lack of food affects the ability to learn, to work, to function. We must actively fight against food insufficiency if our community is to prosper.

Armato said that when she was a child, her family sometimes had to rely on pantries.

“There were times when we kids would go without the free lunch available to us at school because we didn’t want to be seen as different,” Armato said. “So I personally know how important it is to offer dignity and respect in addition to nutritious food. What impresses me about WSCP is their holistic approach. They donate food and work with local resources to provide support services that address the underlying causes of food insufficiency. This holistic approach can make a lasting difference.

“We are very pleased to have Sue join the pantry at this critical time in our history. After a long search, the board was able to find someone who shares our passion for positively impacting those around us,” said Board Chairman Kevin Delano said in the statement, “We are confident that she will successfully build on our strong history of serving our community as we continue to address the economic and health challenges that affect us all. .”

Founded in 1970, West Suburban Community Pantry provides food and resources to those facing hunger, unlocking access to nutritious meals and building hope for tomorrow, according to the release. Rooted in the community for 50 years, the food pantry offers in-person food pantry in Woodridge, Virtual Food Pantry online ordering with Door Dash delivery option, and senior home delivery to households across the county. of DuPage, Bolingbrook and Romeoville. The pantry also offers nutrition programs for children during the school year and during the summer months.

Support services connect families to financial assistance and free workshops. Every day, WSCP moves closer to the vision of a hunger-free community through the support of individuals, businesses and organizations, according to the statement.

Visit www.wscpantry.org to learn more.

Norma P. Rex