“Pack the Pantry,” a food drive organized by Wakefield resident Flavia Pastore and her neighbors in Wincrest Homes and nearby Byron Street, netted a whopping 50 bags of groceries and an amazing $425 in monetary donations.
On behalf of our clients, we are so grateful! 🙂
In photo: Back row: (left to right) Brendon Nett, Anselm Schools, and Luke Pastore; Front row: Andrew Nett and Sam Schools
Not pictured: Gus, Leo, and Bruno Schools
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.
A HUGE thank you to the Wakefield High School Boys Hockey Teams for their food drive at the Shaw’s on Water Street last Saturday. As a result of these hockey players’ hard work, our clients have access to more than 80 bags of healthy groceries. Shaw’s shoppers also donated more than $125 in monetary donations as a result of these high school athletes’ community spirit!
(Left to right): Pat Leary, PJ Iannuzzi, Ben Coccoluto, Braedan Langlois, and Dave Melanson
We are so excited to share that the Wakefield High School Student Council recently ran a successful food drive for the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry.
The food drive netted 478 food items!
Says Caroline Hurley, a sophomore, on behalf of the Wakefield High School Student Council: “The Wakefield High School Student Council is a student-run organization that strives to practice cooperation, encouragement, and trust throughout our organization and our school. We wanted to run a food drive to encourage Wakefield High School students to become involved in the community in an easy way. We wanted our peers to experience the joy of giving especially during the holidays, and we hope we have achieved that while also helping families in need.”
Sentinel Benefits & Financial Group completed a highly successful annual Thanksgiving Food Drive to benefit the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry (WIFP) and other organizations close to the company’s offices in Manhattan and Long Island, NY.
Sentinel made the drive into a “competition” among their associates. Teams of thirty competed for bragging rights with a casual day and an additional paid day of volunteer service on the line for the winners. The results were amazing with over 2,000 pounds of food collected!
The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry recently played host to Girl Scout Daisies, Troop 62842. The Daisies dropped off 30 bags of groceries and received a tour of the food pantry. You couldn’t have asked for more fun on a Sunday afternoon! 🙂
According to Jenn MacRobbie and Evelyn Graeff, Daisy troop co-leaders: “With our Girl Scout Daisies, Troop 62842, we want to encourage their sense of curiosity and compassion for the world around us. Our Daisies certainly had that experience during our food drive for the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. The entire troop learned the importance of coming together as a community to help families put a little extra food on their tables. What a wonderful experience!”
The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry supporters and volunteers are once again looking forward to the annual Stamp Out Hunger Postal Food Drive. It is being held on Saturday, May 14th in the gym at the Americal Civic Center.
The Pantry has a variety of needs and shifts available for volunteers and looks forward to the community’s help in making this another successful event.
On May 14, from 2-5 pm, the Pantry welcomes volunteers to work one hour shifts during this time and will need people to unload the Mail Trucks when they arrive, others to sort the received donations and bring them to the labeled tables and counters who will estimate the weight of the food received. In addition, transporters are needed to help bring the food down to the Pantry and also some volunteers to help at 5 pm to clean up the gym at the end of the event.
Any resolutions for 2016? Here’s one: help your Wakefield neighbors — and have fun by organizing a food drive.
Food Drives are a great way to make a difference in the lives of the people in our community — and have a little fun on the way!
Organizing a food means you’d work with your school or your local group or your employees/customers to pursue food donations — and you can even make it more fun by adding a little friendly competition. Some ideas include offering a prize for the neighborhood or person or family that brings in the most food items or donates the most money to benefit Food Pantry clients.