The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry distributes more than 24 tons of food annually to hundreds of local Wakefield residents.
Some segments of the population are underserved by established meals programs, most notably children, seniors, and those who are disabled. Our Direct Service Programs — Kids First, Supplies for Seniors, and Holiday Baskets — work to alleviate that problem, allowing the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry to reach out to those groups directly by taking an active role within the communities we serve. These programs depend on our donors, food donors, volunteers, and community organizations, and serve as an essential source for nutritious food, education, and information, helping thousands of at-risk individuals in our community.
The Holiday Seasons of Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Chanukah can be difficult times for our clients and their families. Our volunteers try to make the holidays a little less stressful by providing decorated baskets filled with food supplies for a complete holiday dinner, including dessert. This program is supported by our local community organizations through food drives, financial donations, and homemade desserts. Baskets are given to the clients the week before the holiday.
Kids First Program
The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry offers a special program called Kids First which provides food to families with school age children during the summer months. Many families receive free or reduced price breakfast and lunch during the school year, but this help is not available during the summer. The Kids First program provides the added food items to help replace those meals.
During July and August, the food pantry opens on four dates specifically to provide food for the Kids First program. If in need, parents or caregivers can come to the Americal Civic Center, 467 Main Street in Wakefield to pick up breakfast and lunch foods such as: pancake mix, maple syrup, bagels, cream cheese, macaroni and cheese, peanut butter, jelly, crackers, vanilla wafers, pizza, chicken nuggets, freeze pops, yogurt, string cheese, as well as fresh fruits and vegetables. Please note that these food items include such name brands as Aunt Jemima, Annie’s Mac&Cheese, Skippy Peanut Butter, Ellio’s Pizza and Tyson chicken.
Supplies for Seniors
The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry provides targeted programs for our senior clientele. These programs are held on the second Wednesday and Thursday of each month at and for the residents of Wakefield’s Harts Hill and Crystal View housing facilities. WIFP offers a monthly selection of fresh fruits and vegetables in addition to a variety of other nutritious food items and essential household supplies, utilizing a team of volunteers who organize and distribute the items to these clients. If you are interested in learning more about our Senior Program and ways that you can help, please contact the program coordinator, Mary Eustace, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you know someone who could benefit from this program? Have them contact the resident coordinator for their location:
Harts Hill – Julie Souliotis email@example.com or 781-324-7705
Crystal View -Beth Greenberg firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-245-7328
If your community group feeds the hungry, from time to time we may have surplus food items that we can share with you. Please contact Maureen Miller , Director of Operations for additional information at email@example.com.