WOODRIDGE -- West Suburban Community Pantry has formed a new partnership with Instant Brands, the kitchenware manufacturer based in Downers Grove, to help more families in need this holiday season.
As a first step in the partnership, Instant Brands has donated pallets of its Pyrex glass food storage solutions for distribution during the food pantry's annual Harvest Week leading into Thanksgiving.
"One of the challenges that safety net organizations face is the misperception that food insecurity doesn't exist in the suburbs," said Lisa Spaeth, development director, West Suburban Community Pantry. "So when a global company like Instant Brands reaches out, offering to help us chip away at food insecurity in the Western Suburbs, we see it as a sign that our education and awareness-building efforts are making an impact."
In December, Instant Brands will hold an employee-run food drive at its Downers Grove global headquarters and Chicago/Merchandise Mart locations, with all donations benefiting the West Suburban Community Pantry. In the months ahead, Instant Brands will provide employee volunteer opportunities, ongoing product donations, and work with the Pantry on recipes, tips and tricks to help stretch food dollars.
West Suburban Community Pantry serves over 500 families weekly in DuPage and Will counties, where one in 10 residents is in need of food assistance, the organization said.