5th Annual Tonneson + Co 5k Run/Walk to Benefit Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry
~Save the Date: Sunday, July 16, 2017~
The Fifth Annual Tonneson + Co 5K run/walk benefiting the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry’s Kids First program will take place on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. at Lake Quannapowitt. The Kids First program provides food to families with school age children during the summer months. Many families receive free or reduced price breakfast and lunch during the school year, but this help is not available during the summer. The Kids First program provides the added food items to help replace those meals.
We want to send our gratitude to everyone who supported this enormous effort: our intrepid letter carriers for picking up and delivering food, our devoted volunteers who sorted and stocked the shelves, our generous Wakefield community who took the time to shop for our most needed food items, and our Wakefield news organizations who spread the word as well as The Savings Bank that posted our event on their office videos.
And, if we are leaving any one out, please know that our hearts feel your presence and caring! Thank you again!
The Sweetser Lecture Series just wrapped up its 2017 program with great success. Not only does this endeavor bring interesting topics and speakers to Wakefield, but it also has long supported our food pantry donating thousands of dollars over the years to help stock our shelves! Check them out on Facebook and be sure to look for the 2018 program!
The Wakefield Food Pantry often partners with businesses, community groups, religious organizations and on and on. We feel it’s part of our mission to help as many as we can who are neighbors in need. So— again this year we are working with Savers Unique for a fund drive.
Savers Unique gathers soft goods (clothing, shoes, bedding and towels), hard goods (electrical items, toys, games kitchen, knick-knacks, sports goods) as well as books, CDs, and DVDs. As they raise money with these efforts, they share a portion with us! You can drop off donations at the Americal Civic Center in Wakefield, lower level on these days: May 6, 9am-12pm; May 17, 6pm to 8pm; and May 20, 9am – 12pm.
STAMP OUT HUNGER!
Please mark your calendars for the annual National Letter Carrier Food Drive, Stamp Out Hunger, to be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017. This is the largest one day food drive in the country!
Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers.
This drive is one of the easiest ways to support your Wakefield food pantry. And, it is SO easy. You leave non-perishable food donations at your mailbox—and the letter carriers and a bunch of pantry volunteers take care of the rest! An updated list of most needed items to come.
A huge thank you to Sophie Veilleux, who organized a successful Girl Scout cookie drive for our clients. As she was selling Girl Scout cookies this winter, she offered people the opportunity to buy them for our clients. Sophie also donated some really great oatmeal! We are so grateful. Yum!