North Star Realtors recently led its Fourth Annual Laundry Detergent Drive to benefit the Wakefield Food Pantry. As mentioned by the team at North Star Realtors, “the Wakefield community was so generous as always and we delivered over 100 bottles of detergent, laundry pods and fabric softener.”
A big thank you to North Star for keeping us clean!
“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
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 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
During this season of giving, it seems appropriate for all of us at the food pantry to give thanks to our Wakefield community. We deeply appreciate the support, love, caring and compassion that you give to your neighbors in need, not just during the holidays but all year ‘round.
As an organization run by ever dedicated volunteers and Board leadership, we continually try to think of ways to inspire our community and be more effective and efficient in serving our clients without losing our focus on ensuring their privacy, dignity and confidentiality. We work toward building strong partnerships with local businesses while cultivating our great relationships with the Wakefield schools, including athletic, music, drama, student leadership organizations and many more. We thank our network of Boy and Girl Scouts, religious groups, and the many individuals and families who never fail to donate time, money and food.
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!”
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.
The 4th annual Tonneson + Co’s 5K run/walk benefitting the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry’s Kids First program was a great success! Approximately 200 people ranging in age from 6 to 76 registered for the race and enjoyed the beautiful weather as they ran or walked around Lake Quannapowitt. The overall fastest male, Alex Demeule, finished the race in 17:53 and the fastest female, Samantha Wilkinson, finished in 20:03. Thanks to generous sponsors and fantastic participants, approximately $6500 was raised for the Kids First Program!