1 pound of food = 25 points
We are not asking the crews to count the items prior to the pickups for this year’s event. Our friends at Loaves & Fishes will be helping us by keeping the items separated while en route to the scales. They will be logging the pound totals per station for us.
Personal Care Items
1 Personal Care Item = 25 points
We are asking that crews who are contributing these types of items to the collection take a tally of the items prior to the pickup and send that count to the event team. If no counts are communicated, items will be logged as weight with the larger food item pickup.
100 Points for every Gently Used Coats & Jackets
50 Points for every hat, scarf, or pair of gloves/mittens
Clothing items will be distributed jointly to the families in need at Indian Prarie School District 204, Hesed House and Sharing Connections.
Community Partner Sites
500 POINTS FOR EACH PARTNER SITE
Any business, church, school or other organization recruited to host an additional collection site will result in a 500 point bonus, as well as the points for food collected at that site. Crews are responsible for logging food item count at secondary sites.
ADOPT-A-FAMILY | 5,000 POINTS FOR EACH FAMILY
This aspect of the drive is in partership with Indian Prarie School Dist. 204 and their programs designed to support homeless families in the district. Adopting a family amounts to a total of $150 in gift cards from a spedified listing. Please visit the homeapage for details.
This year’s competition is framed in a regional battle of the Northside Stations vs. the Southside Stations to see who can rally the most goods for our beneficiaries.
We are coming together and squaring off to see who can collect the most donated food, personal care items, and winter clothing items. We are encouraging the recruitment of community partners as secondary collection sites. We are also supporting the adopt a family program. Our beneficiaries include:
- Loaves & Fishes Community Services
- Sharing Connections
- Indian Prairie Parent Council’s Holiday Giving Program
Monday, November 29th
Monday, December 20
NPFFC Contact: Phil Carmody
Ways to Give & Score
Great Causes to Support
Food & Personal Care Items & Winter Apparel
The items from these lists will be donated to Loaves and Fishes Community Services whose mission is dedicated to providing healthy food and impactful programs to promote self-sufficiency.
Last year Loaves & Fishes provided food and support to 19,800 individuals or 5,776 families.
- Dried Fruit Cereal & Oatmeal
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Ready-to-Eat Soup
- Canned Prepared Meals
- No Sugar Added Canned Fruit
- Toilet paper
- Household cleaners
- Body Wash
We are once again collecting winter gear! Gently used coats, sweaters, and sweatshirts are in demand. We are also looking for hats, gloves, scarves, and mittens.
All of the above items will be accepted in infant thru adult 3XL sizes.
All winter apparel items are scheduled to be donated to Sharing Connections and their mission to support families in need.
CLICK HERE to learn more about Sharing Connections
This year we are partnering with Indian Prairie School District 204 to help support their effort of collecting gift cards to assist more than 200 homeless families that are currently in the school district.
Adopting a family = $150 gift cards.
Cards must be purchased, packaged and sent to Phil Carmody at NFD Station 4. Gift cards must come from the above lists.
Many Ways to Contribute
The food fight is a perfect opportunity for firefighters to give back to the community that we serve and that gives us the opportunity to do our duty. Each year the men and women at station 2 come up with new ways to produce bigger numbers. We do this out of pride and because of our competitive nature.
Often, people give me a hard time saying that they are going to beat us or that someone else is going to give us a run for our money. I tell them all the same thing, GOOD! I would love for another station or group to wipe the floor with us and our effort because the people in need will do that much better this year.
In the end, this program is all about relationships. Getting out and talking to people and giving them an opportunity to contribute to something bigger. If anyone would like to take our wonderful trophy I can tell you how to do it! Get out and talk to those we serve and explain how we can work together to make a difference.
One of the ways that our crew gets involved with the collections is to pool funds among the members of the crew to put toward some of the most needed items. So instead of how we used buy Christmas gifts for each other or the officer, now we put that money toward this effort and we all feel good about it.
Our crew likes to pile our efforts into purchasing a large cache of items from the most needed items list. We love the event and helping out these great causes in a very specific way. We make it a tradition to take a trip to Sam’s Club to purchase the items and then drop them off at Loaves and Fishes directly. It feels great to know exactly where our contribution goes and what it does to help struggling families.
Articles of Winter Gear
Pounds of Food
This event was started in 2016 as a food drive for one beneficiary organization. Since then we have grown and added the reach to include multiple beneficiaries and multiple types of collections.