The Board of Directors of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry recently held its first annual strategic planning session to set the future course of the pantry and its services to the Wakefield community.
Continued increases in the number of clients needing the pantry’s services led to the move to larger space at the Americal Civic Center a few years ago. Today, the pantry is a significantly-sized operation with 40 permanent volunteers serving over 400 households. Each month, the pantry distributes approximately 16,000 pounds of food to our neighbors in need.
Maureen Miller, Director of Operations, noted, “Half of the families who come to the pantry are employed but unable to make ends meet. Most of the others are retired or unemployed due to disability.”
The goal of the strategic planning session and additional planning to come is to help the pantry leadership and volunteers further the pantry’s mission and prepare for the future. Over the next 2-3 years, the board’s focus will be on the following priorities:
· Develop and enhance strategic partnerships with local businesses, congregations and civic organizations to help meet program needs and increase awareness
· Create a stewardship program where individuals in the community with particular skills are invited to join WIFP committees
· Expanding fund raising efforts to meet growing needs
The team also encourages everyone in Wakefield to view the new documentary about the food pantry: Hunger Hurts: A Community Responds. This unique video shares the history of the WIFP and highlights the issue of hunger in our own community.
Find it on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGkG2CckiaE, or watch it on WCAT, our local cable station.