The 5th annual Tonneson + Co’s 5K run/walk benefiting the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry’s Kids First program was a great success again this year! Approximately 160 people ranging in age from 6 to 76 registered for the race and enjoyed the lovely weather as they ran or walked around our beautiful Lake Quannapowitt. While we are tallying the final numbers for money raised, we expect the race to surpass last year’s total of nearly $6500. And, if you’d like to get the race results, please visit: https://my.racewire.com/results/33614.
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!
The Sweetser Lecture Series just wrapped up its 2017 program with great success. Not only does this endeavor bring interesting topics and speakers to Wakefield, but it also has long supported our food pantry donating thousands of dollars over the years to help stock our shelves! Check them out on Facebook and be sure to look for the 2018 program!
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.
What great day!!
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.