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Save The Date: National Stamp Out Hunger Drive, Saturday, May 13, 2017

STAMP OUT HUNGER!

Please mark your calendars for the annual National Letter Carrier Food Drive, Stamp Out Hunger, to be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017. This is the largest one day food drive in the country!

Every second Saturday in May, letter carriers in more than 10,000 cities and towns across America collect the goodness and compassion of their postal customers.

This drive is one of the easiest ways to support your Wakefield food pantry. And, it is SO easy. You leave non-perishable food donations at your mailbox—and the letter carriers and a bunch of pantry volunteers take care of the rest! An updated list of most needed items to come. read more

Food Pantry Needs Volunteers for Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive, May 14, 2016

The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry supporters and volunteers are once again looking forward to the annual Stamp Out Hunger Postal Food Drive. It is being held on Saturday, May 14th in the gym at the Americal Civic Center.

The Pantry has a variety of needs and shifts available for volunteers and looks forward to the community’s help in making this another successful event.

On May 14, from 2-5 pm, the Pantry welcomes volunteers to work one hour shifts during this time and will need people to unload the Mail Trucks when they arrive, others to sort the received donations and bring them to the labeled tables and counters who will estimate the weight of the food received. In addition, transporters are needed to help bring the food down to the Pantry and also some volunteers to help at 5 pm to clean up the gym at the end of the event. read more

Thank You Wakefield For Supporting the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive!

Thank you to the Wakefield community for supporting us during the Stamp Out Hunger food drive by the National Letter Carriers Association. We collected over 7 tons of food to stock our shelves for the summer. Also, a big thank you to the 60+ volunteers, many of whom stayed through multiple shifts to sort and stock food donations. Some of the groups that participated include The Warrior Club, Scout Troop 701, The First Baptist Church Youth Groups from Wakefield and Medford, and of course many families and individuals. Thank you one and all! read more

Volunteers Needed for Annual WIFP Postal Drive

StampOutHunger2015With May right around the corner, we are once again looking forward to our annual Postal Food Drive.  It is being held on Saturday, May 9th in the gym at the Americal Civic Center.

We have a variety of needs and shifts available and once again look forward to your help in making this another successful event.

2:00 pm-5:00 pm-we welcome volunteers to work one hour shifts during this time and will need people to unload the Mail Trucks when they arrive, others to sort the received donations and bring them to the labeled tables and counters who will estimate the weight of the food received. We will also need transporters at the end of the shift (4-6 pm) to help bring the food down to the Pantry and also people to help clean up the gym.

While it is hard to estimate how many donations will be coming in at any given time, we strive to be well-staffed in order to keep things running smoothly and truly appreciate your willingness to help along with your understanding of possible periods of downtime.

When you respond to this email, please let us know what activity (unload, sort, counter, transport or cleanup) and the time slot you are interested in so that we know where to place you on the schedule.  Also, please include a second time slot you would be willing to volunteer for in case your original request is already filled.  We will confirm your assignment via email once the master schedule is completed. Please respond to wifp.volunteer@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued interest in volunteering for the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. read more

Save the Date: Stamp Out Hunger Drive, May 9, 2015

It’s that time of year to Stamp Out Hunger!  Please mark your calendars for the 23rd annual National Letter Carrier Food Drive, Stamp Out Hunger, to be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015.  This drive is one of the easiest ways to support the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry (WIFP). The concept behind the drive is simple: you leave non-perishable food donations at your mailbox—and the letter carriers take care of the rest.

Please be generous and help Stamp Out Hunger on May 9th.

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Was a Big Success for Food Pantry

Thanks to the generosity of the Wakefield community, volunteers, supporters and, of course, the letter carriers, the 2014 Stamp Out Hunger drive was a success.  The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry collected 317 bins of items which is about 6 tons of food to stock the pantry shelves. “What an amazing effort from our Wakefield community and letter carriers.  There were also close to 100 volunteers helping throughout the day, including Boy Scouts, the Warrior Club, and many others,” said Maureen Miller, Director of Operations for the food pantry. For over thirty years, the food pantry has been focused on eliminating hunger in Wakefield by providing a variety of food and other items to those in need.  Approximately 530 households rely on the food pantry for supplemental food and groceries.  About 900 people are served each month including more than 330 children of which more than half are under the age of 12. Monetary donations are also greatly needed and appreciated.  At the Americal Civic Center, the pantry has appropriate storage to utilize the extensive bulk purchasing power of the Greater Boston Food Bank  – enabling pantry volunteers to obtain additional food at very low cost. In fact, with a one-dollar donation, the food pantry can purchase more than four dollars worth of food for our neighbors in need. Non-perishable food can be dropped off at the pantry at the Americal Civic Center (lower level) on 467 Main Street in Wakefield, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Also, Saturday food drives are often held from 10 a.m. to noon both at the pantry and other locations around Wakefield. For more information about the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry and a list of most needed items, please visit www.wakefieldfoodpantry.org.

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive: May 10, 2014

This year will mark the 22nd national Letter Carrier Food Drive, Stamp Out Hunger, to be held this year on Saturday, May 10, 2014. The concept behind the drive is simple: you leave non-perishable food donations at your mailbox—and the letter carriers take care of the rest. Last year, the National Letter Carriers Association collected more than 74 million pounds of food to help restock food banks, pantries and shelters around the country. The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry relies on this drive to help stock its shelves and get ready for the summer months when food donations and drives tend to decrease. “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 again this year.” In addition, the pantry relies on many volunteers to help sort and stock the food that comes in after the letter carriers deliver the food. For over thirty years, the food pantry has been focused on eliminating hunger in Wakefield by providing a variety of food and other items to those in need.  Approximately 530 households rely on the food pantry for supplemental food and groceries.  About 900 people are served each month including more than 330 children of which more than half are under the age of 12.  Non-perishable food can be dropped off at the pantry at the Americal Civic Center (lower level) on 467 Main Street in Wakefield, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Thursday evening from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Also, Saturday food drives are often held from 10 a.m. to noon both at the pantry and other locations around Wakefield. For more information about the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, please visit www.wakefieldfoodpantry.org. Please be generous and help Stamp Out Hunger on May 10th.

Volunteers Needed for Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive: May 10, 2014

Spring Greetings from the Wakefield Food Pantry!

With May right around the corner, we are once again looking forward to our annual Postal Food Drive — Stamp Out Hunger.  It is being held on Saturday, May 10th and this year we will be conducting the drive at the Galvin Middle School Cafeteria.

We have a variety of needs and shifts available and once again look forward to your help in making this another successful event.

2-5 pm-we welcome volunteers to work one hour shifts during this time and will need people to unload the Mail Trucks when they arrive, others to sort the received donations and bring them to the labeled tables and counters who will estimate the weight of the food received. We will also need help at the end of the shift (4-6 pm) to help transport the food over to the Pantry and clean up the cafeteria. read more

A Big Thank You to All Who Gave or Helped During the 2013 Letter Carriers’ Food Drive

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.  read more

Food Donations Needed for Letter Carriers’ Food Drive May 11, 2013

=&0=& The annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive, Stamp Out Hunger, will take place on Saturday, May 11th. On that day, Wakefield residents are asked to leave a bag or box of non-perishable food by their mailbox. Letter carriers will pick up the food on their postal routes and deliver it that afternoon to the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry (WIFP).  The need for food assistance has been growing due to higher unemployment and a difficult economy. 

The Food Pantry served 439 local households to date with an average of 390 visits to the pantry each month.  According to Maureen Miller, half of the families who come to the pantry are employed but unable to make ends meet with current salaries and the other half of are unemployed due to disability or retirement. “That’s why this particular food drive is critical to filling up our shelves to help serve our neighbors in need,” she said.

The WIFP also needs volunteers to help with this drive especially on Saturday, May 11th between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. To volunteer, please sign up online at the WIFP website: www.wifoodpantry.org, or email: volunteer@wifoodpantry.org.

You can learn more about Stamp Out Hunger at the website:  www.helpstampouthunger.com. read more