Marshfield Medical Center - Beaver Dam, 2021 Community Benefit

Partners Help Feed People in Need in Dodge County

People working at food distribution site
Marshfield Medical Center (MMC)-Beaver Dam, in partnership with other southern Wisconsin and Dodge County organizations, has been helping people in need especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
MMC-Beaver Dam, Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin and the U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as local organizations hosted six Truck to Trunk Food Drives between September 2020 and February 2021 as part of the Farmers to Families Food Box Program. The free events were open to all Dodge County residents and were staged in a drive-through format at the Dodge County Fairgrounds. In total, more than 150,000 pounds of food were given to those impacted by food insecurity. 
Boxes included a variety of fruits, vegetables, meat and dairy items supplied by Midwestern farms and purchased by the Department of Agriculture to help ensure food did not go to waste and could be used to help families in need.  
Each event included volunteers from across Dodge County, along with several MMC-Beaver Dam employees, who helped with box delivery, traffic control and loading boxes into vehicles. MMC-Beaver Dam staff coordinated and participate in these events on paid time. Multiple safety precautions were taken to reduce the level of COVID-19 exposure to staff, volunteers and residents.
Organizations, like Beaver Dam Public Transit, helped by getting boxes to people who did not have transportation and MMC-Beaver Dam provided mileage reimbursement for employees who made additional deliveries. Other participating organizations included area schools; Johnson Bus; K&B Lawn Care; Dodge County Sheriff’s Department; United Way of Dodge County; Luedtke Lumber; and WDS Construction.