About Us

Our History

The West Suburban Community Pantry traces its roots to a small pantry dating back to the 1970s. In 1992, the Pantry was incorporated and obtained its 501(c)(3) status in response to the growing need to feed the hungry in DuPage County.

The Pantry operates year-round with a goal that each eligible family in DuPage County receives nutritionally balanced food, including meats, dairy, and fresh produce monthly. We are also registered as an emergency food pantry for Illinois.

A Brief Overview

With the help of volunteers and sponsors, our vision is to eradicate hunger within the families and individuals in the DuPage County area. We are dedicated to providing food for the hungry, educating the donor community about existing needs, and supporting advocacy efforts for the hungry. We also work hard to encourage volunteerism and the sharing of resources.

The Facts for Fiscal Year 2017:

  • We distributed 1.4 million pounds of food in our Fiscal Year 2017.
  • We served 40,781 individuals, including 15,918 children and 5,459 senior citizens in our Fiscal Year 2017.
  • 15 Seniors received Home Delivery each month.
  • 374 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to children in our communities.
  • An average of 4,478 persons received perishable and non-perishable food, including fresh produce, milk, eggs, and meat each month in our Fiscal Year 2017.
  • 2,788 weekend backpacks for school-age children filled with food were distributed throughout the school year.
  • 1,166 Summer Meals & Snacks were provided.
  • School Breakfast in 2 school districts served 1,000+ children

Administrative Staff

Laura Coyle
Executive Director
630.948.8131 |  ltcoyle@wscpantry.org

Kristin Jachymiak
Client Resource Manager
630.948.8136 |  kjachymiak@wscpantry.org

Lisa Spaeth
Development Manager
630.948.8132  |  lspaeth@wscpantry.org

Joe Jobst
Pantry Manager
630.512.9921

Denice Kraft
Volunteer Coordinator
630.948.8135 |  dkraft@wscpantry.org

Christine Hillmann
Administrative Assistant
630.948.8134 | chillmann@wscpantry.org

Board of Directors

Chair
Barbara Gulick
Western-Cullen-Hayes, Inc.

Vice-Chair
Kelly Jeschke
RR Donnelley

Secretary
Paula Gleason
Bensidoun USA, Inc.

Members

Jina Boerman
Boerman Moving and Storage

Mike Ciciura
Lisle Savings Bank

Gina Cunningham-Picek
Mayor of Woodridge

Kevin Delano
Rasmussen College

Mohit Gera
Essen Nutrition

Miriam Iwrey
Carol Stream Chamber of Commerce

Alex Leming
Gartner, Inc.

Daniel Meehan
Best Transportation Services

Dianne O’Donnell
Retired

Michael Olson
CIBC

Kay Page
Comcast

Judy Pokorny
Retired

Jeff Seitz
Accenture

Steve Szpytek
BofI Federal Bank

Advisory Council

Barbara A Schmith
Co-Founder, WSCP

Robert Wheeler
Attorney