The community has spoken, The Wakefield Food Pantry has been selected as Business of the Year for 2020.

It is with great pleasure the Greater Wakefield Chamber of Commerce board recognizes this all-volunteer non-profit organization that has been working hard to make our community hunger-free since 2013. Earlier in 2020, the pantry surpassed one million meals served since opening. They distribute food to approximately 65-70 families per week from Wakefield, Brookfield, Milton, Newfield, and Effingham. During the coronavirus, the pantry has increased the number of families being served, as well as changing their entire operation to accommodate the safety and distancing guidelines regarding COVID19.

Congratulations to Janet Miller (Pantry Manager and Director), Howie Knight (President, Chairman of the Board), and the entire pantry staff who dedicate countless hours volunteering their time to feed our community. On behalf of a grateful community, thank you.

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Diane Cassidy has been selected as Citizen of the Year for 2020.

It is with great pleasure the Greater Wakefield Chamber of Commerce board recognizes Diane Cassidy, Children’s Librarian at the Gafney Library, and relentless community volunteer as Wakefield’s 2020 Citizen of the Year. Diane has been a friendly and welcoming face for all who enter the Gafney library for more than 18 years. Diane is engaged with the youth and over the years she has become an asset for parents whomay have a reluctant young reader. Beyond children understanding the words, Diane also encourages a connection with a book, expanding interest and love of reading.

Although she is widely recognized for her dedication to the library, Diane offers even more. Over the years she has inspired children, youth, and teenagers through her own love of music. She has volunteered her talent to play the piano for SCAMP performances over the years and brings a positive spirit to everyone. During the COVID-19 stay at home orders, she has continued to telecommunicate with children near and far through online storytelling. Diane has always been present to put a smile on her audiences’ faces.

Diane, from all of us, we thank you. We commend you on your continued involvement, everlasting positive impression on the children of this community, and admirable dedication to the Villages of Wakefield. We are lucky to have you as our champion.

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