Fox Cities Law Enforcement Agencies Compete to Collect 12.5 tons of Food to Feed the Hungry


A little healthy competition never hurt anyone – especially in the Fox Cities, where Top Cops competed to see which agency could collect the most food for the St. Joseph Food Program. During “Operation Arresting Hunger,” Appleton Police Department, Fox Crossing Police Department, Fox Valley Metro Police Department, Grand Chute Police Department, Menasha Police Department, Neenah Police Department, Outagamie County Sheriff's Office, and Winnebago County Sheriff's Office competed to collect the most food for the pantry each month – in January, peanut butter; in February, jelly; in March, tuna; and in April, pasta. The Top Cops’ competition was reported on by WFRV-TV Local 5:


A program in the Fox Valley, that has police officers putting a stop to hunger is coming to an end in just a few days. 


But as Local Five's Elsa Robins explains there is still time to donate. 


From peanut butter and jam, to tuna and pasta, you can find it all at the St. Joseph Food Program in Menasha. 


"Whenever folks come they're going to get bread, milk, eggs, quite a few choices of fresh produce," says Monica Clare, Executive Director of St. Joseph Food Program.


Community leaders in the valley say there's great need right here in our region.


"We see about 700 families or so on a weekly basis," says Clare.


That's why local police officers have teamed up to "arrest hunger."


For four months, officers from the Menasha Police Department, along with seven other law enforcement agencies around the valley, have been donating and collecting food for the program: Operation Arresting Hunger. 


"Each month it's been about 6,000 pounds of food that we've collected," says Sgt. Dave Lund with the Appleton Police Department.


The program ends April 30th, so there's still time to donate.


"When we first talked about this we thought yeah we'll be able to get a couple of bags full of food and we will donate those, and what we've seen is certainly much more than that," says Sgt. Lund.


Officers say it's been friendly competition, all for a good cause. 


Operation Arresting Hunger began in January of this year, and will start again in January of next year.


Over the course of “Operation Arresting Hunger,” the agencies collected 12.5 tons of food. As a result of the efforts of Arresting Hunger, many members of the community are taking part and helping out.


Fox Valley Metro Police Department ultimately won the competition by collecting 3.5 tons of food. However, I applaud all participating agencies for going above and beyond the call of duty to serve their communities.