ABOUT

MISSION

The mission of the Wakefield Food Pantry is to provide food and household necessities to residents in need. We strive to provide high-quality service to our guests with respect, dignity, sensitivity, and integrity.

WHAT WE DO

Our volunteers help to meet the food and household needs of almost 600 families who visit the pantry each year by:

  • Transporting 4000-6000 pounds of food purchased from the Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) to Wakefield. For every dollar spent, we purchase four dollars’ worth of food
  • Shopping at grocery stores when necessary to supplement GBFB items and donations
  • Unloading, sorting and shelving food at the pantry
  • Assisting our guests with their shopping at the pantry

In addition to maintaining the Food Pantry, we provide many other services, including:

  • Supplying families with complete meal fixings at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas
  • Running a monthly Mobile Market at various senior citizen residences
  • Running the KidsFirst summer program to provide kid-friendly food for families whose children receive free or reduced lunches during the school year
  • Supporting other organizations, for example, providing snacks for the Boys and Girls Club of Wakefield, meal ingredients for free community meals, and supplies for the monthly Veterans program

We welcome non-perishable, non-expired food donations from:

  • Individuals
  • Civic organizations
  • Religious congregations
  • Grocery stores
  • Businesses
  • Food drives such as the Music Boosters Drive and the Annual Letter Carrier Drive

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Board is responsible for overall policy and direction of the organization, and delegates responsibility for day-to-day operations to the volunteers or staff of the organization.

The 2019/2020 Board of Directors are:

  • Anne Miller, President
  • Doreen McGowan, Vice President
  • Tom Jenkins, Treasurer
  • Rosemarie Finn, Secretary
  • Melissa Lowry, Past President, Director (Board Advancement)
  • Michael Boudreau, Director (Development)
  • Anne Miller, Director (Information Technology)
  • Claire Moss, Director (At large)
  • Catherine Dhingra, Director  (At large)
  • Open (Community Relations)
  • Open – At large

COMMITTEES

Community Relations Committee

The Community Relations Committee is responsible for our image in the community. The Committee coordinates public speaking events, and interacts with the media, develops and maintains relationships with businesses, civic organizations, and other community organizations to further the mission of the WFP.

Development Committee

The Development Committee oversees and coordinates the fundraising and development plan. The responsibilities of the Committee include but are not limited to the initiation, planning and overseeing of all fundraising events, pursuing funding through grant writing and coordinating outside fundraising events, and cultivation of new donors along with retention of current and past donors.

Finance Committee

This committee is responsible for developing and reviewing fiscal procedures, and annual budget with staff and other Board members. The members of the Executive Committee shall serve as the members of the Finance Committee.

Information Technology and Software Committee

This committee is responsible for the efficient functioning of the systems of the organization.  The Committee coordinates all of the technology utilized by the organization including website, databases, and any other used for storage and communication of the organization’s information.

Board Advancement Committee

This committee identifies the needed skills of the board and suggests potential members.  This committee is also responsible for board member orientation and training, for the nominating and election process, as well as periodic board evaluation.

History

The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry was founded in 1982 by members of the First Baptist Church with the goal of helping those in our community who are in need. Guests are residents of Wakefield have fallen on difficult times due to job loss, illness, age or economic conditions. Anyone who demonstrates residence in Wakefield or is currently homeless can receive assistance. We believe that sometimes a helping hand is all you need to get back on your feet.Over the years, the pantry transitioned from an interfaith effort to a community-based organization. In December of 2002, the pantry incorporated as a non-profit organization and received its designation under section 501 (c) (3).

Tina Cooper, a member of the First Baptist Church, played a key role in leading food pantry operations as the coordinator from 1990 to 2001. From 2001 through 2004, the Wakefield Food Pantry was run by Director Wendy Dennis and many volunteers, while being supported by individuals, organizations, and businesses in our community. Since 2005, the WIFP has been managed by Executive Director, Maureen Miller, with a dedicated volunteer base.

In July of 2010, to meet the growing needs of its guests, the Wakefield Food Pantry moved to a larger space in the Americal Civic Center located at 467 Main Street.