Meet Our New Board Members

Two New Members Join West Suburban Community Pantry’s
oard As Local Needs Increase Due to COVID-19 Crisis
Dedicated Leaders in Finance and Talent Management Will Support Food Pantry’s
Efforts to Feed Struggling Families During the Pandemic and Beyond

As West Suburban Community Pantry works around the clock to meet the skyrocketing need for food assistance due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the food pantry announces the appointment of two new members to its board of directors.

Joining the board are Jonathan Johnson and Lisa Wrezel. Jonathan’s strong background in finance and data analysis will enable him to support the food pantry’s efforts to enhance its client outreach and technology. Lisa is passionate about building connections and is ready to leverage her network and skillset to fight hunger in service of West Suburban Community Pantry’s mission.

“Jonathan and Lisa not only possess a wide variety of professional skills, but also a deep commitment to alleviating hunger in DuPage and Will County,” said Laura Traut-Coyle, Executive Director of West Suburban Community Pantry. “Their insights will help the food pantry respond to the need for meals in our community, which was significant even before the COVID-19 crisis left many families unable to make ends meet.”

Since the pandemic began, West Suburban Community Pantry has witnessed a 50 percent increase in demand. Children are unable to access school meals, unemployment is rising sharply and electricity bills are higher with people spending more time at home. Further, many grocery stores and retailers have less food to donate, due to increased demand for groceries and the closure of many food-related businesses.

“I am thrilled to welcome smart, dedicated professionals like Jonathan and Lisa onto the board,” said Mike Olson, member of West Suburban Community Pantry’s board of directors and chair of the Governance Committee. “Their strong business acumen and passion for the fight against hunger will help the food pantry reach more local families who need help—both as our nation battles COVID-19 and in the long recovery that will follow.”

In addition to welcoming Jonathan and Lisa to the board, West Suburban Community Pantry is also extending its gratitude to Mayor Gina Cunningham-Picek, Barbara Gulick and Judy Pokorny, who are stepping down from the board after years of faithful service. Their leadership has played a key role in enabling the food pantry to expand its food operations and bolster its support services, providing even more hungry families across DuPage and Will County with food and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

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