Category Archives: Great Ideas

New Food Pantry Quick Market at McCarthy Senior Center

The McCarthy Senior Center in conjunction with the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry recently opened a “Quick Stop” market at the senior center.  The Quick Stop market was set up as a new service to Wakefield’s seniors to help them obtain food and other supplies when money or time is tight.

The Council on Aging/McCarthy Senior Center provides information, services and social activities to the citizens of the community 60 years of age and over. The senior center is a vibrant social facility with different activities happening daily. Exercise programs offered help increase strength and flexibility.  Educational programs provide the latest information on subjects ranging from legal and financial planning to health insurance advice. Entertainment, dining and social functions promote socialization. read more

Consider Donating Stock this Year: A Win-Win for You and the Food Pantry

As we near the end of 2017, many people are deciding to make significant contributions to their favorite charities, and we hope our food pantry is one of them.  Before giving cash, did you know that there is an alternate strategy that can help people increase their charitable giving and save even more money on their income taxes?

People with investments in stocks, bonds and other securities they’ve held for at least one year can donate those that have gained in value. This will result in significant income-tax savings to the giver. In fact, donating stock saves even more taxes than donating cash, since there is no capital gains tax when appreciated securities are given to a nonprofit. read more

Wakefield Co-op Bank’s “Teaching Kids to Grow” Program Brings Fresh Herbs & Vegetables to Food Pantry

As reported in the Wakefield Item on July 28, 2017, students at Galvin Middle School and Woodville Elementary School have been planting vegetables and herb  gardens to share with the Wakefield Food Pantry!

Janet Rivers, Mortgage Relationship Manager at the Wakefield Co-operative Bank, established the program in 2015 a way to teach kids about the ownership, responsibility, and satisfaction that comes with cultivating a garden and giving back to the community.  The program started with one garden and has now grown to six beds. read more

“Teaching Kids to Grow” with Co-op Bank and Galvin Middle School Benefits The Food Pantry

Students at the Galvin Middle School recently planted twenty vegetable and herb plants donated by Wakefield Co-operative Bank. The Teaching Kids to Grow initiative was established as a way to teach students how to cultivate crops and provide fresh produce to the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry.

The idea for Teaching Kids to Grow came to fruition after Chad Moore, VP of Personal Banking at Wakefield Co-operative Bank, returned from a volunteer day with Habitat for Humanity. Moore asked the bank’s Personal Banking team to brainstorm community projects they would like to participate in. Unaware of the four beautiful, raised beds in the rear of the newly renovated Galvin Middle School, Janet Rivers, Business Development Manager, suggested building raised garden beds to grow and donate fresh food for the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. After finding out about the beds, she approached the school in hopes of finding a group of students willing to collaborate on the project. read more

Plant a Row for the Hungry!

Plant A Row for The HungryDonate Your Extra Freshly Grown Produce to the Food PantryHere’s a great idea from the Garden Writers Association.  Now is the ideal time to plan summer gardens that could yield a bounty of vegetables and herbs.  What will you do with the extra tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce or zucchini?  Why not give this fresh produce to the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry to support the effort to help our neighbors in need with locally grown, healthy foods?The Plant A Row for the Hungry program which was launched in 1995 also encourages gardening enthusiasts to dedicate a row (or more) specifically for distribution to local food pantries.Garden Writers Association website states that 20 million pounds of produce providing over 80 million meals have been donated by American gardeners since 1995. All of this has been achieved without government subsidy or bureaucratic red tape – just people helping people. There are over 84 million households with a yard or garden in the U.S. If every gardener plants one extra row of vegetables and donates their surplus to local food agencies and soup kitchens, a significant impact can be made on reducing hunger.According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1 in 8 households in the United States experiences hunger or the risk of hunger. Many frequently skip meals or eat too little, sometimes going without food for an entire day. Approximately 33 million people, including 13 million children, have substandard diets or must resort to seeking emergency food because they cannot always afford the food they need. The demand for hunger assistance has increased by 70% in recent years, and research shows that hundreds of hungry children and adults are turned away from food banks each year because of lack of resources.

Get out your gardening gloves, tools and seeds and plant a row for the Wakefield Food Pantry!

The pantry will also be open on Saturday mornings in late summer and early fall for people to drop off their harvest.   Call 781-245-2510 for details.