The annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will take place on Saturday, May 14th. On that day, Wakefield residents are asked to leave a bag or box of non‐perishable food by their mailbox. Letter carriers will pick up the food on their postal route and deliver it that afternoon to the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry (WIFP). The Pantry is currently serving an average of 300 households or 800 individuals monthly and that number has been growing due to the higher unemployment rate and the difficult economy. WIFP also needs volunteers to help with the drive especially on Saturday, May 14th between 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm. To volunteer, please sign up online at the WIFP website: www.wifoodpantry.org, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
While all non‐perishable foods are welcome, donations of the following items would be most beneficial:
- Protein Group: canned tuna, salmon, sardines, chicken, ham, canned chili, beef stew, baked beans, peanut butter
- Fruit & Vegetable Group: canned fruit (in its own juice), dried fruit, canned vegetables, especially corn and green beans, diced tomatoes, pasta sauce
- Pasta & Cereal Group: all kinds of pasta, a variety of cereals.
- Milk Group & Miscellaneous Needs: evaporated milk, jelly and jams, reusable shopping bags
Please note that the Pantry cannot accept any food items that are opened or past their expiration dates or canned goods with dents and rust.