Category Archives: Donations

Many Thanks to Wakefield Music Boosters for Their Ongoing Support

The Wakefield Music Boosters has been a long-time partner and supporter of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry.  Each year, the Boosters with the award-winning WHS Marching Band and Color Guard host a very successful food drive which delivers thousands of much needed, high quality food items to stock the pantry’s shelves. In 2016 alone, the group donated more than 6,400 food items such as peanut butter, soup, and cereal – in addition to various types of health & beauty aids, which can be prohibitively expensive for food pantry clients to purchase.

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Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry Hosts Savers Donation Drive 2016

The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry (WIFP) is hosting a drive, but it’s not for food!  The Pantry was asked by Donation Savers to host a drive to collect:

  • Clothing
  • Shoes
  • Accessories
  • Books
  • Linens
  • Small household items

Savers, Inc. is a privately held global thrift retailer. Through its unique business model of purchasing, reselling and recycling secondhand merchandise, the Savers family of thrift stores benefits more than 150 nonprofit organizations, give local consumers a smart way to shop, and saves more than 600 million pounds of quality used goods from landfills each year. In fact, the Wakefield Food Pantry will receive donations from Savers, Inc. for every qualifying pound of items received during the drive.  For more information, please visit

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Shaw’s Turkey Bucks Program Is Upping Its Target to Helping 300 Families

Dear Wakefield Community,

During the month of November, Shaw’s sponsors in a program called “Turkey Bucks Giving Campaign”. Turkey Bucks is a program that Shaw’s Supermarkets takes very seriously for the Thanksgiving and Holiday season. We believe that no family should ever go hungry.

The Turkey Bucks program issues La Carte turkey dinners to local food pantries and organizations to go to families in need.  The program runs from Tuesday, November 1 through Wednesday, November 23.

Last year, Shaw’s in Wakefield donated 200 meals to families in Wakefield through the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. Our goal this year is to go even further and supply over 300 meals for families in need! Your support for this program at your local Shaw’s will help feed families in your community this holiday season.

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Thank You to Wakefield Youth Skating Association!

Many thanks to the Wakefield Youth Skating Association for their contribution to the pantry shelves during a recent food drive!

The Wakefield Youth Skating Association is a volunteer organization that gives children the opportunity to participate in the great game of ice hockey. The organization has programs from Learn to Skate and Learn to Play all the way up to more competitive teams through all levels of youth hockey.

In the photo, back row: Maureen Miller, Director of Operations for the pantry and Bill Welch,the Equipment and Purchasing Manager for the Youth Skating Association. Front row: Robert and Julia Welch.

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Wakefield Co-op Bank’s Fundraiser Allows the Food Pantry to Buy New Air Conditioning System

This past April on the evening of Saturday the 16th, Tony DeBlois, a blind, autistic, musical savant, put on a beautiful and inspiring performance at Saint Joseph’s Church in Wakefield to benefit the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry (WIFP). This was an uplifting night, not only due to Tony’s perseverance and unmatched talent, but also due to the nearly $6,000 that was donated to the pantry to help purchase a new air conditioning and ventilation system. These additions have contributed substantially to the growth of the pantry, allowing a wide variety of new foods to be stored that would not have survived in the pantry otherwise. Wakefield Co-operative Bank sponsored the concert and Janet Rivers, Mortgage Relationship Manager, spearheaded and organized the event.

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Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry Receives Financial Award from The Savings Bank Charitable Foundation

Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry was one of several local nonprofit organizations that received a financial award from The Savings Bank Charitable Foundation. The foundation, established in 1997 through an initial endowment of $550,000 from The Savings Bank, presented a total of $30,000 to 12 nonprofit organizations during the 19th distribution of funds. Over the past 20 years, the Foundation has made donations in excess of $512,000 to organizations in local communities.

The award was presented by The Savings Bank Charitable Foundation to Doreen McGowan of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry.

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Beth Israel Senior Citizens Housing, Inc. (BISCHI) Helps Food Pantry Purchase Refrigerator and Freezer

It’s with great appreciation that we thank Beth Israel Senior Citizens Housing, Inc. (BISCHI) in Malden for their generous donation of $25,000 to our food pantry to help us purchase a refrigerator and freezer to benefit our Wakefield neighbors in need.  With this new equipment, we are now able to store fresh produce and meats which allows our clients to cook healthier and heartier foods without relying solely on canned food items. For example, the walk-in freezer allows us to buy much more food in bulk and purchase items such as turkeys for the holiday season because we now have the space to keep them.

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Shaw’s Turkey Bucks Program for the Food Pantry Runs Through November 25,2015

Shaw’s Turkey Bucks program to benefit the food pantry started on October 30th and runs until November 25th ! Customers can donate money in any increment to the program at the registers of our Wakefield Shaw’s. The total dollar value raised will be turned into full turkey dinners serving 6-8 people. The goal is to donate over 200 dinners to Wakefield residents in need.

The menu? 10-12 pound turkey, mashed potatoes, home style stuffing, cranberry sauce and King Hawaiian rolls. Sounds delicious. So, when shopping at Shaw’s please consider a donation to Turkey Bucks.

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