November 15 – December 20

The Firehouse Foodfight is a collective effort combined with a creative competition that is staged to rally the membership and local community to collect huge sums of food, clothing and other items to help support local families in need.

Event Sponsors 


Point System

Food Items

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.

Winter Clothing

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


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.



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.

Event Partners


Progress Report

Collections Totals

Personal Care Items Collected

Pounds of Food Collected

Winter Garment Count

Families Adopted

Secondary Collection Sites

Thank You

Secondary Collection Site Partners

Jewel Osco on 75th St.
Cub Scout Pack 565
Meadow Glens Elementary School
Ranch View Elementary School
River Woods Elementary School
Madison Elementary School
Sedgewick CMS
Aldi on Rt. 59
Ann Reid Early Childhood Center
Daisy Troop 55848

Naperville Public Library Branch on 95th
Naperville Public Library Branch on Naper Blvd.
The Compass Church
Maplebrook Elementary School
Scott Elementary School
La Petit Academy
C.H. Hanson
Life Storage
Kiddie Academy
TGM McDowell Place
Tabor Hills Retirement Community







Competition Details

This year’s competition pits the Northside Fire Stations 1, 3, 4, 7, 9 and Fire Admin vs. the Southside Fire Stations 2, 5, 6, 8, 10 and the Explorer’s Post.

We are squaring off to see who can collect the most donated food, personal care items and winter clothing items. We will once again be rewarding the recruitment of community partners as secondary collection sites, and new this year, the adopt a family program thru Indian Prarie School District 204.

The region, whether north or south, will hold pride of the other side. We will also be rewarding the top 3 stations with prizes for the crews.


Most Needed Items & Community Partners

  • Flour & Sugar
  • Cooking Oil
  • Cookie Mix
  • Corn Muffin mix
  • Crackers
  • Candied Yams
  • Canned Gravies
  • Gravy Mix

Link to Loaves & Fishes Most Needed Items Listing

  • Dried Fruit Cereal & Oatmeal
  • Spaghetti Sauce
  • Pastas
  • Ready-to-Eat Soup
  • Canned Prepared Meals
  • No Sugar Added Canned Fruit

Link to Loaves & Fishes Most Needed Items Listing

  • Household cleaning agents
  • Diapers & wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Shampoo


Spreading the reach of this event makes a huge impact! We will award the formation of community partners by crews and stations within their district when they find a partnership that leads to placement of an additional collection box at a site within your still district.

Additionally, all food collected at that site will be awarded to the respective station. Arranging logistics for pickups of food collected at those sites will be the responsibility of the crews. It is preferred that crews pickup the food at the sites and then bring those items back to the station for the scheduled Loaves and Fishes pickups.

Interested Crews Must:

  1. Contact event coordinators to request secondary site materials (box, flyer, letter)
  2. Upon securing a site, communicate the business/school/church/org site details and a contact person to Phil Carmody via email at


This year we are partnering with Indian Prarie 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 follwing lists.

The Adopt-A-Family program thru IPSD 204 aims to provide families with their own decision making, spending flexibility, and budget. Gift cards also support

  • Pride – Being able to shop on their own provides an incredible sense of pride.
  • Space – Each family has a different living situation and knows what they can accommodate.
  • Needs – Every family has unique needs that they can provide for.
  • Joy – Providing for their children passes along happiness!



Burger King  
Cracker Barrell
Denny’s   Domino’s
Dunkin Donuts
Jet’s Pizza  
Jimmy Johns
Little Caesars
Panera   Subway
Taco Bell   Wendy’s


BP Meijer Shell
Speedway   Thorntons


Amusement Park
Bowling   Golf
Hair Cuts   Movies
Museums   Zoo


7-Eleven   Aldi
American Express
Meijer   Target
TJ Maxx   Walgreens
Walmart   Visa


Event Goals

Food Goal


Partner Site Goal







Friday, November 15

Event Launch

Friday, December 6

Items Pick Up #1

Friday, December 20

Items Pick Up #2


NPFFC Contact: Phil Carmody



Foodfight Champions

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.

Matt Randall

Foodfight Champion, Fire Station 2

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.

Steve Gibertini

Foodfight Coordinator, Fire Station 4

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.

Rory Cummins

Foodfight MVP, Fire Station 1


Articles of Winter Gear

Pounds of Food

Partner Sites

Big Impact

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. 


Foodfight Beneficiaries

Great Causes to Support

Contact Us

115 E. Ogden, Suite 105-123., Naperville, IL 60563

(630) 420-6747