FAQ

When was the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry founded?
The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry was founded in 1982 by members of the First Baptist Church in order to eliminate hunger in the Wakefield community. It grew into an interfaith effort and continues to be managed and supported by volunteers, food donations and monetary donations from the Wakefield Community.

What is the Mission of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry?
The mission of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry is to provide emergency food and household necessities to Wakefield residents who need a helping hand. Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry is considered only one source of food for clients. The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry utilizes referrals to complementary organizations for additional food and services.

What are the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry’s core values?
Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry’s core values are to serve those in need with respect, dignity, sensitivity, integrity and quality.

Who uses the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry?
Clients of Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry are residents of Wakefield that have fallen on difficult times due to job loss, illness, age or economic conditions. Anyone who lives in Wakefield or is referred by a social service organization can make use of the food pantry.

What are the requirements for those using the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry?
Clients using the food pantry must be homeless or residents of Wakefield. Clients are required to bring a proof of residency when coming to the pantry for the first time. This proof can be a current license or even a piece of mail with the client’s name and address on it. Proof of residency will be updated once each year. Clients may also be referred by a social service organization or church.

How often can clients come to the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry?
Clients are allowed to visit the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry twice per month.

How many clients does the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry provide for each year?
Last year the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry provided food for 578 families. These families visited the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry a total of 5,393 during the year.

What does the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry provide?
On each visit a client is eligible to receive approximately a week’s worth of groceries, which averages out to four large bags of groceries per visit.

What type of items does the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry provide?
The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry provides non-perishable food items such as canned vegetables, pasta sauce, canned tomato product, pasta, rice, macaroni & cheese, tuna, canned chicken, beans, soup, juice, and cereal. Perishable items such as frozen meat, hot dogs, eggs, cheese, fruits, vegetables and bread are also offered. When available, the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry also offers toiletries and cleaning products.

How much food does the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry give out each year?
In 2017 the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry distributed approximately 278,828 pounds (139 tons) of food in 19,9220 bags to clients.

Does the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry offer other programs?
The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry has a Senior Program which provides food to residents of Harts Hill  and Crystal View once each month.
The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry has a Kids First Program that provides breakfast and lunch food to families during the summer months to fill the need left by the absence for the School Lunch Program.  Food is also provided through the school year through the Boys and Girls Club.
The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry  provides holiday baskets for the clients for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.
We also partner with Veterans groups, Boys and Girls clubs, and support community dinners.

How is the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry staffed?
The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry is a volunteer organization. Currently managed by the Director of Operations, volunteers serve clients, collect & stock shelves, distribute holiday baskets and perform administrative duties. A working Board of Directors voluntarily provides business skills to the operation, including accounting, fundraising and public relations.

How many regular volunteers does the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry have?
The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry has approximately 50 regular volunteers supporting the pantry on an on-going basis.

What are the sources of food the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry gives out?
A large portion of our food comes from the Greater Boston Food Bank, which provides free or low cost food to member agencies. Non-perishable foods are also donated by local individuals, civic organizations, congregations and businesses. Food drives such as the Annual Letter Carrier Drive and other area drives supplement this food, as well as purchases from local stores.

How is the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry funded?
The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry is funded entirely by individuals, local civic organizations, schools, congregations, businesses and charitable organizations that donate funds.

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