Over ninety volunteers helped Saturday, May 11th to support the annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, Stamp Out Hunger, and stock the shelves at the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry (WIFP). Individuals and families as well as groups such as the Boy Scouts, WHS Football Team and the Kelly Sober House were all on hand to help unload, sort, and store the food.
This year’s drive was very successful resulting in about 6 tons of food being collected to help our Wakefield neighbors in need. It’s estimated that this amount of food will allow for nearly 300 visits to the food pantry.
“Wakefield is very fortunate to have letter carriers who are willing to pick up and deliver many pounds of food, along with their regular mail delivery each year,” commented Maureen Miller, WIFP Director of Operations. “We’d like to thank each and every one of them for their help.”
For thirty years, the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry (WIFP) has been focused on eliminating hunger in our town by providing a variety of food and other items to those in need. The pantry has served over 439 households this year alone with an average of 390 visits each month. Half of the families who come to the pantry are employed but unable to make ends meet with current salaries. The other half pantry clients are unemployed due to disability or retirement.
“The biggest thank you goes to everyone in Wakefield who took the time and thought to donate food and to the volunteers as well as our local newspapers who always support us to spread the word,” she said.
For more information about the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, please visit: www.wifoodpantry.org.