Impacting Hunger in Lake County

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Your Contribution Impacts Hunger in Lake County

Did you know that 1 in 8 Lake County residents suffer from food insecurity? Calls for food rank #1 among all calls received on Lifeline's 2-1-1 help hotline?  Please help us send children to school with full bellies, end the tears of crying babies in need of formula, put a stop to the hunger pangs suffered by seniors and the families and single mothers who have fallen on hard times and don't know where their next meal will come from.

Now during the 26th Anniversary of our Feed Lake County food drive and fundraiser, you have the opportunity to WIN the above TV - an enormous LG 65" Class 4K UHD HDR SMART LED TV! For EVERY $5 you donate, you'll receive one (1) contest entry for a chance to win! Consider this: 

  • A $15 donation = 60 meals for our hungry AND three (3) contest entries for you!
  • A $25 donation = 100 meals for our hungry AND five  (5) contest entries for you!
  • A $50 donation = 200 meals for our hungry AND ten (10) contest entries for you!

Each contest entry you earn will be entered separately into the contest! The contest runs through May 17, 2018 and the winner will be selected on or about May 18, 2018.


Contest rules available here.

Hunger in Lake County

  • 1 in 8 Lake County residents struggle with hunger.

  • 20,848 Lake County residents live in poverty (9.2%). 6,142 are children and 2,322 are seniors.

  • 28,410 residents live with food insecurity. That's 12.4% of the population. Of the residents who suffer, 19.8% of them are children. 

  • 18,672 residents rely on SNAP benefits (food stamps). That's 8% of Lake County's population.

  • 25% of school-aged children qualify for free and reduced-price meals. 

  • 9,341 incoming inquiries for food assistance were answered by 2-1-1 in 2017. Inquiries for food ranked #1 among all inquiries received by 2-1-1.

  • The food items and money raised during our annual Feed Lake County food drive help more than 50 food pantries and agencies throughout Lake CountyThese food pantries and agencies depend upon community efforts to help feed families, children and senior citizens in need. They depend upon United Way of Lake County. We depend on you.

  • All food and dollars raised in Lake County stay in Lake County.



Please click here for a promotional flyer to share with others!

​Take a look at the following Hunger in Lake County infographic (Click on the image to enlarge & print):

Some of the many faces of hunger in Lake County:


Henry is 5. If it weren't for the local food pantry his mother visits, he would go to bed hungry more often than he already does. His mother Cathy is struggling to keep a roof over his head in the small Wickliffe apartment they share and cannot afford groceries on a regular basis. She's been homeless before but is determined to never let this happen again. Cathy is grateful for the support she receives from her local food bank. Her local food bank is grateful for the food they receive from us.


Gracie is 82 years old and lives alone in the home she and her husband shared in Mentor for 50 years. Her husband passed away two years ago and her grown children do not live nearby to be able to offer support. Gracie lives on a meager budget and most of it is spent on medication. As her cost of living and meds continue to rise, she relies on her church's food bank for help. Her church's food bank relies on us.



Linda is a 32 year old single mother who lives in Madison with her two children, ages 4 and 6. She has fallen on hard times. Linda does not receive child support and her hours at work were recently cut to part-time. She cannot make ends meet and is never sure where meals for her children will come from next. Linda relies on her local food pantry for help. Her local food pantry relies on us.



Luke worked hard for the same company for 30 years before being laid off at 46 years old. He's been searching for a new job for 8 months with no luck. Lifeline's 2-1-1 help hotline referred Luke and his family to a local food kitchen in Painesville and they are thankful for the warm meals they have access to until they get back on their feet. The local food kitchen is thankful to us for helping them stock their shelves with food to feed Luke and his family and hundreds more like them.

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This year's Feed Lake County Food Drive & Fundraiser is Kindly Sponsored by: