The holidays are supposed to be a joyous, magical time of year. Enveloped by traditions, they are a time of thanksgiving with friends and families and visits with dear ones near and far. They are a time filled with love, gifts, songs, stories, and hope. Holidays mean food, feasts and delectable delights.
Holidays are also full of stress and worry. What if your family is facing tough financial times? What if you can’t afford all the glitz and glitter our society tends to focus on during the holidays? What if you if you just need a little help to create a memorable, thoughtful and loving holiday?
Well—those are the reasons why the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry is here. With the love, support, and volunteerism of our generous Wakefield community, we assist our neighbors in need –those of us who may require a little or a lot of help, especially during the strain of the holiday season.
If you’re struggling to make ends meet and need our help, please know that we treat our clients with dignity, compassion and privacy. Wakefield residents may come to the pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to shop for groceries. The only requirement is that you are a Wakefield resident, so please bring proof of residency (which could be your driver’s license or utility bill) on your first visit.
For others who may be blessed with more bounty and resources, we ask that you consider donating food items to the pantry. We are open every Saturday in December from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Americal Civic Center to take deliveries, or you can leave food items in our basement drop off box whenever the Civic Center is open. Please do not donate expired or out of date food products.
We also gratefully appreciate any financial donation you can make at any time. No amount is too small to make a difference and it’s tax deductible. Please mail a check made payable to:
Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry
PO Box 1624
Wakefield, MA 01880
In the spirit of this special season, all of us at WIFP – our Board members and leadership, our volunteers, donors and supporters, wish our Wakefield community a most wonderful holiday and a very happy, healthy New Year!
Maureen Miller, Director of Operations, Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry