“Food for Friends” Drive Launched by Local BNI Chapter

The Referral Connection, a Wakefield chapter of Business Network International (BNI), is supporting the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry this holiday season by launching its “Food for Friends” drive.

Through “Food for Friends,” the Referral Connection is committing to at least $500 in food donations by chapter members plus a $100 cash contribution. Referral Connection members are also contacting clients, associates, friends and family, encouraging them to support the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry (WIFP).

“The people who run the food pantry do great work and provide an important service to the community,” said Kelly DeFelice, president of the Referral Connection. “We are a group of small businesses in and around Wakefield, and we’d like to pitch in. The holiday season seems like an appropriate time to start.”

The volunteer-run WIFP, which is entirely funded through donations, provides food for needy families and individuals in Wakefield. Each month, approximately 349 households are served. The pantry is located on the lower level of Americal Civic Center, 467 Main Street, and accepts non-perishable food donations in the drop-off box there.

For a list of preferred food items and additional information about the WIFP, see http://www.wifoodpantry.org/.

“We are grateful for the generous donation from the Referral Connection and BNI,” said Maureen Miller, Operations Director of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. “Our community pantry works because of the tremendous support we have from local businesses, congregations, schools, organizations, individuals and volunteers. It is through this team effort that we are able to help our neighbors in need.”

The Referral Connection is a networking group for small businesses and individuals in the greater Wakefield area. It meets weekly at the Americal Civic Center. For further information about the Referral Connection and BNI, see http://www.bnimass.com/ or contact Kelly DeFelice at 781-662-0100 or k.defelice@easternbank.com.

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