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.
- Food Collection Progress 35% 35%
Winter Garment Count
TOTAL POINT TALLY
TOTAL POINT TALLY
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
- Candied Yams
- Canned Gravies
- Gravy Mix
- Dried Fruit Cereal & Oatmeal
- Spaghetti Sauce
- Ready-to-Eat Soup
- Canned Prepared Meals
- No Sugar Added Canned Fruit
- Household cleaning agents
- Diapers & wipes
- Toilet paper
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:
- Contact event coordinators to request secondary site materials (box, flyer, letter)
- Upon securing a site, communicate the business/school/church/org site details and a contact person to Phil Carmody via email at email@example.com
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!
Partner Site Goal
SECONDARY COLLECTION SITES
Friday, November 15
Friday, December 6
Items Pick Up #1
Friday, December 20
Items Pick Up #2
NPFFC Contact: Phil Carmody
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.
Great Causes to Support
Loaves & Fishes
Together we can create a future where struggling families have access to the resources they need to help them overcome barriers, improve their lives and become self-sufficient.
Mission is to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless and give people the chance to hope again. Hesed House is a national model for ending homelessness - one person, one family at a time.
Brings community members together by enabling families and businesses to share their gently used furniture, household items and clothing with families needing assistance.
Indian Prairie School Dist. 204
The IPSD 204 supports more than 120 homeless families who are working their way out of extreme financial challenges. This initiative supports these famlies in a variety of ways.