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'A-Team' of Local Leaders To Take Over Kendall Food Pantry

Jul 16, 2016 08:30AM ● Published by Shannon Antinori

Photo provided by Jerry Bannister

After several months of turmoil, including the death of former Executive Director Maria Spaeth and allegations of missing funds, there are more big changes coming to the Kendall County Food Pantry.

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On Friday, the pantry announced that it is in the process of accepting a proposal “from a group of prominent local community leaders” to bring new leadership and a new name to the pantry.

The pantry would become the Kendall County Community Food Pantry under the leadership of acting board chairman Greg Witek, chief of Little Rock-Fox Fire Protection District and executive board chairman for KenCom Public Safety Dispatch.

The new board also includes two village presidents as well as Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird and other local officials.

“They’re kind of like the A-Team,” said Rick Bill, a longtime pantry volunteer and operations manager, who will also sit on the new board.

He said the new board members were quick to agree to become involved with the pantry.

As for how long the transition will take, “I’m hoping (it will be) a matter of days,” Bill said.

“My opinion is, everyone has agreed on everything, it’s just a matter of filling in the blanks, dotting the Is and crossing the Ts.”

Other new members of the board are Kendall County Sheriff Dwight Baird, First National Bank Vice President Stan Free, Oswego Village President Gail Johnson, Millbrook Village President Jackie Kowalski, City of Naperville Distribution Operations Manager/Department of Public Utilities - Electric Fred Kreinbrink, Fox Valley YMCA board chairwoman Becky Morphy, Nelson Multimedia CEO and KenCom finance chairman Larry Nelson, Kendall County Food Pantry Operations Management staff Tandy Pinter, Meadowvale Dairy President Steve Steinwart and retired Chief Judge Grant Wegner.

“We are excited and proud that such a prestigious group of community leaders have taken on the very urgent cause of food assistance for our community and look forward to finalizing the transfer of pantry operations,” the pantry said in a statement Friday. “Changes to the website, social media pages and more will be coming in the near future.”

The new Kendall County Community Food Pantry also has a new phone number, 630-708-2208, and email address,

Despite the changes, Bill said Thursday distributions will continue as usual at the pantry, which has continued to serve clients throughout the turmoil.

“The hours are the same, everything is the same,” he said. “Our main concern is taking care of our clients.”


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