Category Archives: Recognition

“Pack the Pantry” Food Drive Is Plentiful!

“Pack the Pantry,” a food drive organized by Wakefield resident  Flavia Pastore and her neighbors in Wincrest Homes and nearby Byron Street, netted a whopping 50 bags of groceries and an amazing $425 in monetary donations.

On behalf of our clients, we are so grateful! 🙂

In photo: Back row: (left to right) Brendon Nett, Anselm Schools, and Luke Pastore; Front row: Andrew Nett and Sam Schools
Not pictured: Gus, Leo, and Bruno Schools


Many Thanks to Wakefield Music Boosters for Their Ongoing Support

The Wakefield Music Boosters has been a long-time partner and supporter of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry.  Each year, the Boosters with the award-winning WHS Marching Band and Color Guard host a very successful food drive which delivers thousands of much needed, high quality food items to stock the pantry’s shelves. In 2016 alone, the group donated more than 6,400 food items such as peanut butter, soup, and cereal – in addition to various types of health & beauty aids, which can be prohibitively expensive for food pantry clients to purchase. read more

Jane McHugh Receives Harriet Windsor Volunteer Award

Each year the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry gives our Harriet Windsor Volunteer of the Year Award to that one individual who goes above and beyond in supporting the pantry’s mission. The criteria for this award are: consistency, dedication to our mission, leadership, cooperation, integrity, honesty and respectfulness. In summary someone who makes the food pantry a better place.

According to Maureen Miller, Director of Operations, this year’s award goes to a person who wears many hats in the pantry. “She shops, picks up food, goes to the food bank, coordinates drives and provides support to all the other volunteers. She is a person I can always turn for help and count on that she will come through. The pantry runs smoothly because of her services. Our Volunteer of the Year Award for 2014 is Jane McHugh!” read more

Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry Celebrates Volunteers, New and Retiring Board Members

The focus of the recent Board of Directors Meeting of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry (WIFP) was celebrating the volunteers as well as current and retiring Board Members and welcoming two new Board members. President of the Board, Wendy Dennis greeted attendees to the meeting and oversaw the swearing in ceremony for accepting the group of officers and members.  (A complete list of Board members can be found on the WIFP website,

New members, Richard Greif and Annie Duvall, were welcomed to the group and the slate of officers for a one-year term were elected: read more

Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry Congratulates the 2011 Volunteers of the Year

Mary Lally and Hazel Cook were recently named the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry’s Volunteers of the Year for 2011. According to Maureen Miller, Operations Director of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, this award is presented to a volunteer or volunteers who have demonstrated exceptional performance, personal commitment and dedication to the food pantry, and whose interactions with clients and volunteers are consistently professional and an inspiration to others.“At the end of the day, this achievement is really about volunteers who have consistently performed above and beyond the call of duty. We are so pleased to honor these ladies with this award,” said Maureen.

Hazel and Mary, volunteers at the pantry for about 8 years, exemplify the type of volunteers the pantry strives to attract. “They are devoted, compassionate individuals who show our clients much respect and kindness when they assist them. Mary and Hazel can always be depended upon to fulfill our mission and to serve our clients with concern and integrity,” commented Wendy Dennis, current President of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry Board of Directors.

Boston Globe: Honoring Pat Tine

The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry recently honored one of its late members for her contributions to the organization. At its 2011 meeting earlier this month, the organization announced Pat Tine had been chosen to receive its first annual Distinguished Service Award. Tine was a member of the organization’s board from 2002 until she died earlier this year. She also volunteered her time to help with pantry operations and cochaired the group’s annual holiday basket program. The award was accepted by Tine’s husband, Sebastian Tine. Also at the meeting, the group swore in a new president, Wendy Dennis, and several new board members. – John Laidler read more

Press Release: First Annual Distinguished Service Awards

At the recent annual meeting of the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, a new Board President and several new Board Members were sworn in and the first ever Distinguished Service Award was presented.

WIFP Board of Director Changes

After serving as the WIFP Board President since 2004, Julie Theriault stepped down from the position, but will remain active as the new Board Treasurer.  “As I reflect on the incredible changes I’ve seen over my years as President of this remarkable organization, I am continually amazed at the dedication and commitment of the Board, the volunteers, and the entire Wakefield community.  In particular, I’d like to recognize our Director of Operations, Maureen Miller, whom I like to refer to as ‘the glue that holds it altogether’,” said Theriault.  Miller manages over 50 regular volunteers who organize the programs, serve the clients, sort the food and stock the shelves. read more