NAPERVILLE, IL – A grocery community serving more than 5,600 people in DuPage and Will counties received a donation from the Amazon Fresh store, which opened in Naperville last winter, and West Suburban Community Pantry is expanding its existing services.
Amazon Fresh donated hundreds of fresh, healthy foods, snacks, beverages, and non-perishable foods to the pantry on Tuesday. On Wednesday at 10 a.m., the West Suburban Community Pantry will celebrate its grand reopening with a ceremony that will usher in an expansion of services, including the donation from Amazon Fresh.
In addition to commemorating the facility’s reopening, the event kicks off the additional services generated from an expanded general store that now offers remote online ordering. The pantry, located at 6808 Hobson Valley Dr. Located in Woodridge, it now also includes a new customer lobby, new offices, a classroom, conference rooms and a large warehouse, officials said.
Hundreds of groceries and other groceries were delivered to the West Suburban Community Pantry courtesy of the Naperville Amazon Fresh Store on Tuesday. (Amazon Fresh)
The Amazon Fresh Store in Naperville is committed to supporting the pantry to serve the 5,000+ people from Naperville, Lisle, Westmont, Willowbrook, Romeoville and Bolingbrook.
“This marks the beginning of a valued partnership between The Pantry and Amazon Fresh, committed to providing the community with fresh, healthy food and accessible and dignified solutions for their household needs,” said Laura Coyle, executive director of West Suburban Community Pantry. “If the pandemic has shown us anything, it is that so many of our neighbors live with food insecurity every day and an incident like COVID-19 can set them back months, if not years. We have to support them. “
The Amazon Fresh Store, which opened in Naperville in December, got involved because it wants to help the needy in the surrounding communities that the pantry serves. In addition to Wednesday’s pantry donation, Amazon Fresh Store staff will also be making a gift certificate donation to ensure pantry staff can visit the local Naperville store to purchase additional items for the pantry customers.
The new partnership is a win-win situation for the employees, many of whom come from communities served by the pantry.
“My Amazon Fresh Naperville team and I are honored to be working with the West Suburban Community Pantry to ensure our neighbors are not hungry this summer,” said Sarafina Pastrana, Amazon Fresh employee. “This cause means so much to me because this is my home; I’ve lived in Bolingbrook for 15 years and I’m really excited that our business can give something back to the local community this way.”
Patch has partnered with Feeding America to raise awareness for millions of Americans at risk of starvation. Feeding America, which supports 200 food banks across the country, estimates that around 42 million Americans may not have enough nutritious foods to eat in 2021 due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. This is a social project from Patch; Feeding America receives 100 percent of donations. Find out how to donate in your community or find a pantry near you.