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.
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!
A big, huge thank you to Girl Scout Troop #62768, which organized a fabulous food drive that resulted in more than 42 bags of food for the food pantry’s clients! All 22 Daisy Girl Scouts (pictured here) received a tour of the food pantry by our volunteers. Some older siblings and a couple of parents also helped to sort food.
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.
A lot of good. A huge thank you to Sophie Veilleux who led Girl Scout Troop #65058 in raising $375 at a hot chocolate fundraiser at last weekend’s Holiday Stroll. The hot chocolate was generously donated by John Kennedy of Honey Dew Donuts.
Thank you so much!
In photo: Sophie Veilleux presenting a check for $375 on behalf of Girl Scout Troop #65058
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:
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 www.savers.com.
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.
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.
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.