Published in the January 30, 2017 edition.

WAKEFIELD — The Super Bowl is coming and so is the Souper Bowl of Caring 2017

Since 1990, young people across the country have been leading the charge and inspiring others to collect dollars and food during the weeks leading up to the Big Game: Super Bowl 51 on February 5, 2017.

And with the Patriots competing for the championship, the excitement around this football game should feed into the energy of this important endeavor!

Teaming up with local partners, groups give 100 percent of donations to local charities like the Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry. The Pantry, located at the Americal Civic Center,467 Main Street (lower level), in Wakefield, is encouraging everyone in the community to collect monetary donations and much needed grocery items to stock the pantry shelves for the cold winter months.

The team at the Food Pantry is asking businesses, churches, and other organizations to offer special promotions to their clients and members to spark donations. 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 the most needed grocery items to the get-togethers on February 5, 2017, Super Bowl Sunday.

The most needed items include:

• Juice

• Instant Coffee/Tea

• Jams/Jellies

• Rice-a-Roni/pasta side dishes

• White tuna

• Canned Fruit

• Canned brown beans

• Hearty Soups

• Beef Stew

• Chili

• Spaghetti Sauce (Jar)

• Vegetable Oil

• Mayonnaise

• Reusable Grocery Bags

The food items can be dropped off at the Food Pantry and at many drop off locations around town:

• William J. Lee Town Hall, 1 Lafayette Street, Wakefield MA

• The Beebe Library

• The Savings Bank; North Ave. and Greenwood

• The Police Station

• Shaw’s Supermarket at 134 Water Street

Monetary donations can be sent to: Wakefield Interfaith Food Pantry, P.O. Box 1624, Wakefield, MA 01880 and donations can be sent securely online. Check out the Pantry website or call 781-245-2510 for more information.

And Go Pats!