West Suburban Community Pantry reopens for families in need with help from Amazon Fresh

WOODRIDGE, Ill. (WLS) – The West Suburban Community Pantry reopened to in-person shoppers Wednesday morning through a new partnership with Amazon Fresh.

The food pantry is for families who need help getting back on their feet and serves seven communities in DuPage and Will counties.

A ribbon cutting marked the reopening of the pantry at Woodridge. After a successful campaign to raise over $600,000, families who can now return to shop in person will notice a newly renovated facility.

“It’s turning a corner in terms of our service’s ability to continue to expand to reach more people in the community,” said Laura Coyle, executive director of the West Suburban Community Pantry.

During the pandemic, the pantry has pivoted to offer virtual online ordering and curbside pickup at the Woodridge facility and remote locations in DuPage and Will counties. It will stay in place.

So with a new way of serving people coupled with the renovation that brought more shelving for more capacity, the Amazon Fresh store in Naperville is also adding support.

“We really take pride in our fresh produce and the fresh meats and seafood that we provide in our store, so we’re able to give back right now and it’s a great opportunity to give back to the community,” said Sarafina Pastrana from Amazon Fresh. .

About 5,600 neighbors in and around the region, which also includes Lisle, Westmont, Willowbrook, Bolingbrook and Romeoville, rely on this food pantry for support and the need is growing.

Meanwhile, pantry officials say they are celebrating a fresh start.

“We really hope we’re there. We think it’s a turning point for us for the community and a time to celebrate surviving the past year,” Coyle said.

Because of this successful fundraising campaign, pantry officials say it will allow them to double the number of people they can serve in the coming years.

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