Fort McCoy delivers 2,500 pounds of food to Monroe County food pantries

FORT MCCOY, Wis. (WKBT) — Fort McCoy soldiers on Monday delivered the last of 2,500 pounds of food gathered over the past two months to food pantries in Sparta and Tomah.

Leaders in the Headquarters and Headquarters Company delivered the donations to Couleecap Monroe County Food Pantry in Sparta and Neighbor for Neighbor Inc. in Tomah after gathering the items since October.

Although COVID-19 limited the opportunities for community service, garrison commander Col. Michael Poss said he’s looking for more opportunities to help out in 2021.

“We encourage our Soldiers and civilians to volunteer and be active in our communities, but that obviously was restricted a bit in 2020. I am hopeful we can be much more involved in the coming year,” Poss said.

HHC commander Maj. Eddie Woody said that the food drive was just one way Fort McCoy is embracing opportunities to give back to the surrounding communities.

“I’m very proud of this team’s efforts to pull together and help those in need,” he said.

Woody summed up the event and encouraged others to get involved. “Find different ways to connect and wherever you live, be engaged.”