This past April on the evening of Saturday the 16th, Tony DeBlois, a blind, autistic, musical savant, put on a beautiful and inspiring performance at Saint Joseph’s Church in Wakefield to benefit the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry (WIFP). This was an uplifting night, not only due to Tony’s perseverance and unmatched talent, but also due to the nearly $6,000 that was donated to the pantry to help purchase a new air conditioning and ventilation system. These additions have contributed substantially to the growth of the pantry, allowing a wide variety of new foods to be stored that would not have survived in the pantry otherwise. Wakefield Co-operative Bank sponsored the concert and Janet Rivers, Mortgage Relationship Manager, spearheaded and organized the event.
Since 2005, WIFP has been managed by Director of Operations, Maureen Miller, with a dedicated volunteer base.
“We are grateful for the support of Wakefield Co-operative Bank and for their unwavering dedication to helping our community. With the new air conditioning and ventilation system we are able to store perishable foods such as fruits and vegetables, giving our clients a greater variety of healthy options,” said Miller.
In the photo from left to right are: Jennie Terry, Marketing and Social Media Manager of the bank; Maureen Miller, Food Pantry Operations Director; Janet E. Rivers, Mortgage Relationship Manager at the bank.