The holidays are a time to slow down and appreciate what’s good in our lives. One thing I appreciate — and I’m also speaking on behalf of our board of directors — is our community’s willingness to donate foods, roll up their sleeves and sort through foods, and generally do anything the food pantry asks.
This happens across our community, in our schools, at our businesses and non-profit organizations and community groups. I can’t forget to highlight the spirit and enthusiasm of our regular volunteers, who stay true to our commitment to treating our clients with respect and kindness every single day. read more
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.read more
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!read more
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.
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.read more