Who We Are

About the Pantry
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry is a volunteer based organization. The Pantry is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors that employs the Executive Director and a Client Services Coordinator. A volunteer staff upwards of 90 individuals assist with all phases of operation.

Our volunteers are the backbone of the pantry. Without the numerous hours that they provide, we would not be able to serve our clients.

John Psiharis, Executive Director
Elvia Esparza, Client Services Coordinator

Board of Directors
Belma Torres, President
Mike Mette, Vice President
Steve Slaber, Treasurer
(vacant), Secretary

Joyce Benninghouse
Richard Bradley
Nora Byrne
Eleanor Kepp
Marsha Niazmand
Reverend Katherine Paisley
Alfreda Rommel
Sandra Schwarzbeck
Sara Yoest

Jim Byrne, Operations Manager
Lee Samsami Stein, Volunteer Manager
Sandra Schwarzbeck, Office Manager
Gloria Price, Grants Manager
Lisa Albrecht, Finance Manager
Craig Shutt, Publicity Manager