Fort McCoy leadership and Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) Soldiers visited Couleecap Monroe County Food Pantry in Sparta, Wis., and Neighbor-for-Neighbor, Inc. in Tomah, Wis. on Dec. 21 for a third and final drop-off of food donations from the post.The donations were part of the Fort McCoy Holiday Food Drive that started in October. In total, Soldiers delivered more than 2,500 pounds of donations collected over the two months since the drive started.COVID-19 measures have limited volunteer opportunities in 2020, but the Fort McCoy Holiday Food Drive seemed like the ideal chance to give back during the pandemic, said Fort McCoy Garrison Commander Col. Michael D. Poss. Poss said he’s looking forward to increased volunteer opportunities for Soldiers and civilians from Fort McCoy 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,” Poss said. “I am hopeful we can be much more involved in the coming year.”The pandemic has taken its toll on community programs as well, local food pantry personnel said. Couleecap is working with limited staff and Neighbor-for-Neighbor has a dire need for volunteers to unload and stock. If interested in volunteering to assist these organizations, they continue to ask for volunteers. Interested volunteers should call ahead for more information.Maj. Eddie Woody, company commander for HHC, Fort McCoy Garrison, said 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 encouraged others to get involved. “Find different ways to connect and wherever you live, be engaged,” he said.Fort McCoy’s motto is to be the “Total Force Training Center.” Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin.The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services nearly every year since 1984.Learn more about Fort McCoy online at, on Facebook by searching “ftmccoy,” and on Twitter by searching “usagmccoy.”