Feed Lake County

30th Annual Feed Lake County Food Drive & Fundraiser 

Will You Help Feed the Need by Joining Us in the Fight Against Hunger?   

Give Now & Double Your Impact! 
Buyers Products Company Will Match All Gifts up to a Maximum of $25,000 in Total Donations now through April 30, 2022!

Click here or scroll down for 4 Simple Ways you can help! 
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Food Drop-Off Locations

Hunger & Poverty in Lake County - Fast Facts

According to Feeding America, below are food insecurity estimates in Lake County:*

  •  27,130 Lake County residents are estimated to be living with food insecurity. That's 11.8% of the population, which equates to 1 in 8.5 residents.
  • The number of residents suffering from hunger is 9% higher than prior to COVID-19 in 2019.

  • 6,890 children in Lake County are estimated to be living with food insecurity. This is 14.8% of children, a significant 1 in 6.7.

  • The number of children suffering from hunger is 11% higher than prior to COVID-19 in 2019.

  • The annual food budget shortfall in Lake County is $13,500,000. 

-18,173 (8%) Lake County residents live in poverty,** 5,236 (11.6%) children live in poverty, and 2,724 (5.7%) seniors live in poverty.***

-Pre-COVID, 31% of Lake County households struggled to afford basic needs.**** This includes the working poor who make up a stark 23%, and the 8% who live in poverty. We can only imagine the increase that has occurred due to the lingering effects the pandemic has had on our economy and the rising costs of food. Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs, especially among the working poor.

-Rapid price hikes in food and rising inflation have hit the working poor and middle class the hardest. According to a January 31, 2022 report by cbsnews.com, more people are turning to food banks to eat. Food banks we help supply.

-Many households that experience food insecurity do not qualify for federal nutrition programs.

-Hunger can affect people from all walks of life - thousands of residents are just one job loss, missed paycheck, medical emergency, or unexpected expense away from hunger.

-Lifeline's referral help service received 5,414 inquiries for food assistance in 2021.

100% of donations made to our Community Impact Fund stay local to benefit Lake County residents in need.

The food and funds raised from this fundraiser work to help restock the shelves of approximately 40 local Lake County food pantries and fill the gap in needed items difficult to acquire elsewhere. The food pantries depend upon community efforts to help feed families, children and senior citizens in need.They depend upon United Way of Lake County. We depend upon you.

Click here for a list of the TOP TEN Needed Donations - a flyer that is available to print, save, and share.

How United Way of Lake County Impacted Hunger Last Year

With the help of our community, last year United Way of Lake County

  • Provided 40 local food pantries with nearly $200,000 worth of food for those suffering from hunger (July 2020- June 2021)
  • Helped provide 25,084 meals to our Seniors (drive-by pick-up and congregate)
  • Helped provide nearly 500 cans of formula for babies within low income households

4 Simple Ways You and/or Your Organization Can Help 

Click here for a list of the Top Ten Needed Items

  • We are currently encouraging monetary donations as the number one way to contribute. As food costs continue to rise, gifts of money help us meet the specific unmet needs of our community. Plus - when you give now during the month of April, you double your impact! Buyers Products Company will match all gifts up to a maximum of $25,000 in total donations! Please click here to donate online or mail a check made payable to United Way of Lake County to United Way of Lake County, ATT: Feed Lake County, 9285 Progress Parkway, Mentor, OH 44060.
  • Organize a Monetary Fundraiser or Food Drive at your organization and donate all funds raised and food collected to United Way of Lake County. To sign up to participate in a food or fundraising drive, contact David Whittaker at 440-639-1203 or via email at dwhittaker@uwlc.org.
  • Participate in our "Philanthropic Pantry Purge!"  Purge your pantry, cabinets, and cupboards to fill a box or grocery bag with food to donate! To help even further, rally your neighbors, friends and family to do the same. Or, dedicate a portion of your weekly shopping to stock up on extras for those in need. Click here for a list of drop-off locations .
  • Volunteer. If you or someone you know is interested in helping us sort food items we can use your help! If interested, please call 440-639-1203 or email  dwhittaker@uwlc.org




*Source: Gundersen, C., M. Hake, A. Dewey, E. Engelhard (2021). The Impact of the Coronavirus on Food Insecurity in 2020 & 2021, Update March 2021 
**Source: US Census July 1, 2021 point-in-time census data
***Source: US Census ACS 2019