The Searsport Fire Department is gearing up to respond to a community need that differs from the car accidents or structure fires it is typically called to, but one its members consider no less serious.

Saturday, Feb. 4 and Sunday, Feb. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Searsport Fire Department (located at 3 Union St., and also accessible from Main Street/Route 1) will be the drop-off point for a food drive that is aimed at filling the shelves at the community food cupboard, which is housed in the United Methodist Church on Main Street.

Searsport Fire Chief Jim Dittmeier said his department has teamed up with the First Congregational Church and the town’s two Methodist churches to organize the event, which has also garnered the support of Safe Harbor Church, the Searsport Full Gospel Church and the Sandy Point Congregational Church.

The event has also attracted the attention of local businesses, Dittmeier said.

Anyone who drops food off at the Searsport branch of TD North Bank prior to the weekend of the drive will be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card, while Searsport Harbormaster and Hamilton Marine proprietor Wayne Hamilton has offered the use of one of his company trucks to transport all of the collected items to the food cupboard.

All kinds of items are needed, Dittmeier said, and no donation will be considered too small — just make sure all contributions are non-perishable.

“We’ll take anything as long as it’s something they can store,” said Dittmeier. “So don’t bring down a freshly-cooked chicken.”

The collection point will be set up in the parking lot of the public safety building, and Dittmeier said it is designed to make donating as easy as possible.

“You just drive through, give us the food and drive out,” he said.

Though local firefighters have held a variety of community-oriented events in the past, such as the annual Christmastime toy drive, Dittmeier said this will be the first time the fire department has ever coordinated a food drive.

But the chief said such events are, at least in part, what being a Searsport firefighter is all about.

“That’s what we’re here for,” he said. “We not only protect the town, we give back too.”