The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise is pledging $2,000 to West Suburban Community Pantry in its continuing effort to support the Pantry during this critical COVID-19 pandemic period of need. The club set a goal for the drive to exceed $5,000 in total donations which translates to over 10,000 meals.
“Our community is weathering an economic and health crisis of epic proportions and West Suburban Community Pantry is working hard to meet the increased needs of today and is preparing for continued challenges in the weeks and months to come. This means we will help over 1,800 individuals get the food they need each week during this crisis,” says Laura Coyle, Executive Director of West Suburban Community Pantry.
Over the last few weeks, WSCP has seen a 50% increase in the need for food. Normally serving 300-350 families a week, we are now on track to provide groceries to 500 or more families weekly. “The need in the community will continue to increase, and the effects will be felt for many months, if not years, for our most vulnerable neighbors,” says Coyle. “But taking care of our community is core to everything WSCP values. Now, more than ever, this is our guiding principle and our inspiration. We so appreciate everything Sunrise Rotary is doing for us!”
West Suburban Community Pantry serves families and seniors in Naperville, Lisle, Woodridge, Bolingbrook, Willowbrook, Westmont and Romeoville. The pantry also provides snack and lunch support to a number of schools when they are in session and recently opened its first in-school pantry.
“The Rotary motto is “Service Above Self,” says Club President Becky Anderson. “The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise concentrates our philanthropic efforts on the welfare and development of teens, young adults, and families. The biggest contribution we can make right now than to ensure that those people have the food support they need to stay healthy and be able to continue to work, learn and thrive.”
Chartered in 1991, The Rotary Club of Naperville Sunrise currently has about 45 members. The Club hosts the Annual St. Patty’s Day 5K and NaperLights holiday display, both of which take place in Downtown Naperville. Those interested in learning more about the club may visit www.napervillesunrise.org.