12,000 lbs. of Food Distributed Just in Time for the Holidays

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12,000 lbs. of Food Donated to Lake County Residents in Time for the Holidays


December 14, 2015 – Mentor, OH-- United Way of Lake County distributed $15,000 worth of food to 50 local food pantries just in time for the holidays. This distribution is part of the nonprofit organization's Feed Lake County food drive campaign.

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Over 12,000 pounds of food was distributed which will provide approximately 10,118 meals for Lake County residents in need. The non-perishable food items distributed included peanut butter, jelly, pasta, spaghetti sauce, cereal, apple juice, pancake mix, vegetables, fruit and more.

“Every year the need for food in Lake County continues to grow,” said Tami Lewis, United Way of Lake County’s Director of Marketing and Communications. “Nearly one out of every ten residents of Lake County lives in poverty. Many food pantries have been running out of items and they rely on us to help supplement their supply and fulfill requests.”

In 2011, Lifeline’s 2-1-1 emergency hotline received 3,600 calls for food. Fast forward to today where Lifeline has received over 5,000 calls to-date with a large jump expected over the holiday through the end of 2015.

The United Way of Lake County runs its annual Feed Lake County Food Drive each spring to help feed those in need. Thousands of pounds of food are collected through this effort.  This year’s donations were distributed at the end of April and enough food was collected to provide 203,000 meals for those in need. 

Many companies, organizations and schools also ran food drives to collect financial contributions in lieu of food. The money raised from this is used by United Way of Lake County to make purchases for the food pantries to help them  re-stock throughout the year, and today is one of the days we are helping them accomplish this.

United Way of Lake County plans to kick-off its 2016 Feed Lake County Food Drive campaign in March.

If you would like to donate food or make a financial contribution for the purchase of food to United Way of Lake County, please contact Gayle Sikula at 440.639.1082. Every dollar donated helps feed a friend and neighbor in need.