The Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry was founded in 1982 by members of the First Baptist Church, in the belief that sometimes a helping hand is all people need to get back on their feet. The goal was simple: to assist individuals and families in the community who are in need. 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

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and received its designation under section 501 (c) (3). 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.

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 Pantry was run by Director Wendy Dennis and many volunteers, with the support of individuals, organizations, and businesses in our community. Since 2005, the Pantry has been managed by Executive Director Maureen Miller, assisted by a dedicated volunteer base.