Annual Feed Lake County Program Kicks Off!

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United Way of Lake County Kicks Off Annual Feed Lake County Food Drive & Fundraiser Begins Today

March 1, 2016 –  United Way of Lake County kicked off its annual spring food drive, Feed Lake County, today. The food drive and fundraiser will run through mid-April, and United Way of Lake County is reaching out to organizations and residents for help setting up and running food drives and fundraisers for this cause.

Lifeline’s 211 information referral hotline received 8,729 calls for food in 2015, up from the 5,048 calls they received in 2011. Nearly 1 out of every 10 residents, 1 in 8 children, and 1 in 5 seniors sixty-five and older and living alone, live in poverty in Lake County.  

The food and funds collected from the Feed Lake County program allow United Way of Lake County to help support more than 50 local food pantries who distribute to Lake County residents in need.  The most requested food items are boxed or canned meals, spaghetti sauce, pasta, peanut butter, jelly, cereal, canned fruit and tuna.

So far, 100 companies and organizations have signed up to run food drives to help Feed Lake County. This year’s goal is to raise 45,000 pounds of food and $65,000 in funds. Below is a list of ways community organizations and residents can help:

• Organize a food drive at your company or organization and then donate the food items and money collected to United Way of Lake County. For more information, contact Jean Sency at 440-639-1286 or via email at jsency@uwlc.org.

• Make a monetary donation to United Way of Lake County at 9285 Progress Parkway, Mentor, OH, 44094 or drop off any food donations to this location. Click here now to give.

• Eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of 40 participating restaurants on Thursday, April 21 during United Way of Lake County’s Dine to Donate community-wide restaurant event. A list of all participating restaurants who will donate a portion of their entire day’s sales to Feed Lake County can be found on United Way of Lake County’s website at www.uwlc.org .

•Volunteer. Those interested in helping sort food items can contact Gayle Sikula at 440-639-1082 or via email at gsikula@uwlc.org.

All food items collected during Feed Lake County will be distributed to more than 50 food pantries at the end of April. The money collected during Feed Lake County will be used to make food purchases throughout 2016 to help restock food pantries later in the year.