Go Patriots and Go Souper Bowl of Caring!
Wakefield, MA – As we cheer for the Patriots on Super Bowl Sunday, February 1, 2015, let’s also cheer on the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry (WIFP) during the Souper Bowl of Caring drive!
WIFP is encouraging everyone in the community to collect monetary donations and much needed food items to stock the pantry shelves during The Souper Bowl of Caring,a national endeavor to use the energy of the Super Bowl to mobilize youth in a united effort to care for people in their local communities who are in need. Super Bowl weekend – the first Sunday in February – can be the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving – if we all participate!
To spark donations, WIFP is asking businesses to offer special promotions to their clients and congregations and other organizations to communicate the effort to their members. In addition, families and friends who host Super Bowl parties are encouraged to ask their guests to make financial donations or bring a couple of cans of food to the get-togethers on February 1, 2015, Super Bowl Sunday.
Pantry clients are our neighbors who are facing challenging financial situations, often caused by a job layoff, low wages, a disabling accident, the high cost of medical care or skyrocketing bills. Over 580 families, made up of approximately 1,200 individuals, rely on the pantry for supplemental food and household necessities each year. Over 40% % of these families are disabled and close to 30% are families with children.
In addition to these figures, the food pantry also provides access to food to those in senior housing who may not have the ability to travel to the pantry. The pantry gave out 188 Thanksgiving meals and 180 Christmas meals during the recent holiday season, a testament to the generosity and spirit of our Wakefield community. During the summer, the pantry provides for clients with children who need extra food because they don’t have access to the school lunch program.
Food donations are of great importance especially during the winter months when there tend to be fewer food drives. Most needed items include canned chicken, tuna, cereal, canned beans/beef stew, canned tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, and coffee/tea/hot chocolate.
Monetary donations are always 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.
Food items collected can be dropped off at the WIFP Drop Off Box located on the lower level of the Americal Civic Center during open hours or at the Town Hall Drop Off Box. (Be sure that you don’t donate food that has expired!) Any financial donations can be mailed to the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry at P.O. Box 1624, Wakefield, MA 01880.
As always, thank you one and all!