Food Donations Needed for Letter Carrier’s Food Drive, May 12, 2012

The annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive will take place on Saturday, May 12th. 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. Last year alone, the WIFP provided food for approximately 225 families, and these families visited the pantry a total of 4,182 times for an average of 349 visits per month. 

The WIFP also needs volunteers to help with this drive especially on Saturday, May12th between 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm. To volunteer, please sign up online at the WIFP website:, or email:

While all non-perishable foods are welcome, donations of the following items would be most beneficial:

Protein Group

Canned tuna, salmon, sardines, chicken, ham
Canned chili, beef stew, baked beans

Peanut butter

Fruit & Vegetable Group

Canned fruit (in its own juice)

Dried fruit
Canned vegetables, especially corn and green beans
Diced tomatoes
Pasta sauce

Pasta & Cereal Group

All kinds of pasta.

A variety of cereals.

Milk Group & Miscellaneous Needs

Shelf Stable milk
Jelly and jams
Reusable shopping bags

 Please note that the Pantry cannot accept any food items that are opened or past their expiration dates or canned goods with dents and rust.
Thank you for your participation!!!

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