West Suburban Community Pantry partners with Instant Brands to fight food insecurity

West Suburban Community Pantry in Woodridge serves more than 500 families a week in DuPage and Will counties, where 1 in 10 residents require food assistance. As inflation and rising grocery prices widen the food insecurity gap, the pantry continues to come up with creative ways to better serve local neighbors in need of help.

Needs are especially high during the holiday season, as families struggle to keep up with household demands while providing a bit of holiday cheer for their children.

From the launch of its virtual touchless pantry to its innovative partnerships with community organizations and corporate sponsors, West Suburban Community Pantry is committed to breaking down barriers to food assistance.

The triple effort includes setting up new services to better meet people where they are; encourage volunteerism; and educate current and potential donors about food insecurity and ways to help.

Locally-headquartered Instant Brands, maker of consumer favorites like Instant Pot, Pyrex and more, recently partnered with West Suburban Community Pantry to help carry out the organization’s mission.

“One of the challenges safety net organizations face is the misperception that food insecurity doesn’t exist in the suburbs,” said Lisa Spaeth, director of development for West Suburban Community Pantry. “So when a global company like Instant Brands comes forward to help us reduce food insecurity in the western suburbs, we see it as a sign that our education and awareness efforts are having an impact.”

Instant Brands saw an opportunity to help West Suburban Community Pantry and the families it serves most immediately by stretching the grocery store further this holiday season. As the first step in the partnership, Instant Brands donated pallets of its Pyrex glass food storage solutions for distribution during the Pantry’s annual harvest week leading up to Thanksgiving.

“As food pantries are hit hard by rising food prices, we have an opportunity to help,” said Ben Gadbois, President and CEO of Instant Brands. “We are honored to play a small part in West Suburban Community Pantry’s efforts to help eradicate food insecurity and hope to inspire others to help solve this incredibly difficult, yet solvable problem. We are all connected in a one way or another.”

“We are very honored to be working with Instant Brands on this effort,” said Laura Coyle, executive director of Pantry. “As consumers, we have all appreciated the benefits that Pyrex products offer for food preparation and leftover storage to stretch our own food budget. For the company, understanding how this will support our families is truly a gift in this holiday season. We look forward to a relationship with Instant Brands that advances the cause of ending hunger.”

In December, Instant Brands will host an employee-run food drive at its Downers Grove global headquarters and Chicago/Merchandise Mart stores, with all donations benefiting the West Suburban Community Pantry. In the coming months, Instant Brands will provide employee volunteer opportunities, ongoing product donations, and work with the pantry on recipes, tips and tricks to help maximize food dollars.

About Instant Marks

Instant Brands designs, manufactures and markets a global portfolio of innovative and iconic lifestyle brands: Instant, Pyrex, Corelle, Corningware, Snapware, Chicago Cutlery and Visions. With people-centric, purpose-driven solutions, Instant Brands is reimagining the way people live, eat, connect and play inside the home – and in the spaces where people gather. The Cornell Capital-backed company is headquartered in Downers Grove, Illinois, and employs more than 2,400 people on four continents. Today, Instant Brands products can be found in millions of homes around the world. For more information, visit InstantBrands.com or join the community on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

About West Suburban Community Pantry

West Suburban Community Pantry provides food and resources to people facing hunger, giving them access to nutritious meals and building hope for tomorrow. Rooted in the community for 50 years, they offer an in-person food pantry, virtual food pantry and home delivery program for seniors to households in DuPage County, Bolingbrook and Romeoville. They also run child nutrition programs and connect families with financial assistance and free workshops. Every day, the West Suburban Community Pantry moves closer to its vision of a hunger-free community through the support of individuals, businesses and organizations. Together, we nurture our community so everyone has access to the nourishment they need to succeed. Visit wscpantry.org and find us on Facebook and Instagram to learn more.

Norma P. Rex