Category Archives: Events

Wakefield Co-op Bank’s “Teaching Kids to Grow” Program Brings Fresh Herbs & Vegetables to Food Pantry

As reported in the Wakefield Item on July 28, 2017, students at Galvin Middle School and Woodville Elementary School have been planting vegetables and herb  gardens to share with the Wakefield Food Pantry!

Janet Rivers, Mortgage Relationship Manager at the Wakefield Co-operative Bank, established the program in 2015 a way to teach kids about the ownership, responsibility, and satisfaction that comes with cultivating a garden and giving back to the community.  The program started with one garden and has now grown to six beds.

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Calling All Runners, Walkers and Families! Save the Date: July 16, 2017 for Tonneson + Co 5th Annual Event to Benefit the Kids First Program

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.

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive 2017 Was A Big Success!

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!

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Wakefield Food Pantry and Savers Unique Team Up!

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.

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The Super Bowl Is Coming and So Is the Souper Bowl of Caring 2017

Since 1990, young people across the country have been leading the charge and inspiring others to collect dollars and food during the weeks leading up to the Big Game:  Super Bowl 51 on February 5, 2017.  And with the Patriots competing for the championship, the excitement around this football game should feed into the energy of this important endeavor!

Teaming up with local partners, groups give 100% of donations to local charities like the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry.  The Pantry, located at the Americal Civic Center,467 Main Street (lower level), in Wakefield, is encouraging everyone in the community to collect monetary donations and much needed grocery items to stock the pantry shelves for the cold winter months.

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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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Save the Date for Tonneson + Co. 4th Annual Run/Walk to Benefit Kids First Program

The Fourth Annual Tonneson + Co 5K run/walk benefiting the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry’s Kids First program will take place on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 8:30 am at Lake Quannapowitt.

Date: July 24, 2016
Time: 7:00 registration starts; 8:30 a.m. Run/Walk begins
Place: Lake Q; register at Bandstand; race starts and ends at Bandstand
Registration Fees: $25 for runners 14 and over (increasing to $30 on the race day); $15 for participants 13 and under; $70 for a family of four

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.

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Christmas Dinner at Early Harvest Diner

Here’s another example of the generous, compassionate spirit of our Wakefield Community.  Early Harvest Diner (25 Broadway Street in Wakefield) offering a free Christmas Dinner with pizza donated by Lisa’s Pizzeria (650 Main Street in Wakefield) to any one who may be alone or those who cannot afford a meal.  The dinner will be served from 12 pm to 3 pm on Christmas Day.  Thank you Early Harvest and Lisa’s Pizzeria and Merry Christmas!

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