BD Fire Department Hosts 20th Annual Food Drive

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Fire Department is hosting its 20th annual food drive at Food Pride and Piggly Wiggly.

The operation, marked as one of the largest single-day giving events in Dodge County, will be going on today from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The contributions will go to the food pantry in the back of the Saint Vincent de Paul building. Of the 325 families the food pantry serves, 80-85% of them reside in Beaver Dam.

Lieutenant Nick Smith said that what was once an idea of selflessness has now turned into a community staple two decades later. 

“Economically, the need has increased over time, and we’re very proud of the event that we created,” Smith said. “It does serve a lot of people in the community.” 

This means that any contribution can directly help others in the Dodge County area.

There is a heavy preference for non-perishable foods, and monetary donations are also accepted.

On top of the usual acts of gathering donations during the holiday season, there is expected to be a fire truck or ambulance on site for kids to tour and take pictures with (weather permitting).