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27th Annual Feed Lake County Food & Fundraising Drive March 1- April 30, 2019

Kindly sponsored by Knowtion, Mentor Public Schools and Burgess & Niple

You have the power to do great things for Lake County's hungry. Last year our community came together and collectively donated enough food and funds for us to provide 230,427 meals to help feed  those suffering from hunger. All food items collected during this year's annual Feed Lake County food drive will be distributed in May to over 50 local food pantries. All money raised during the drive will then be used to make food purchases later in the year to help restock food pantry shelves. Below is a list of ways you, the residents of Lake County, community organizations and businesses can help join us in fighting hunger:
  • Organize a food drive at your organization and then donate the food items and money collected to United Way of Lake County. To sign up to participate in a food or fundraising drive, contact Jodi Matsko at 440.639.1236 or via email at jmatsko@uwlc.org.
  • Make a monetary donation to United Way of Lake County. You may click here to donate online or mail a check made payable to United Way of Lake County to United Way of Lake County, 9285 Progress Parkway, Mentor, OH 44060. Please make a notation when sending a check that it is for our Feed Lake County program.
  • Drop off any food donations to the above listed location or to any location listed here - or - make arrangements to have your donation picked up by contacting Jodi Matsko at 440.639.1236 or via email at jmatsko@uwlc.org.
  • Eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of many participating restaurants during our Dine-to-Donate community-wide restaurant event on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. 
  • Participate in any of these Feed Lake County donation events.
  • Volunteer. If you or someone you know is interested in helping us sort food items we could really use your help! If interested, please contact Jodi Matsko at 440.639.1236 or via email at jmatsko@uwlc.org.

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Why donations of food and money are so very important:

  • 1 in nearly 9 Lake County residents struggle with hunger.

  • 19,231 Lake County residents live in poverty (8%). 5,337 are children and 3,623 are seniors.

  • 25,410 residents live with food insecurity. That's 11% of the population.

  • 16,273 residents rely on SNAP benefits (food stamps). That's 7% of Lake County's population. 

  • 8,520 incoming inquiries for food assistance were received by Lifeline in 2018. Inquiries for food rank #1 among all inquiries they receive.

  • 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

Last year, with the help of our community, we helped fight hunger and feed those suffering from food insecurity by:

  • Providing over 50 local food pantries with enough food for 230,427 meals to help feed our hungry.
  • Providing much needed formula to the parents of 241 babies.
  • Helping to provide 28,757 congregate meals to Lake County seniors.

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

This year's Feed Lake County program is generously sponsored by: