Feed Lake County & COVID-19 Relief/Recovery Fundraiser
Hunger & Poverty in Lake County - Fast Facts
According to Feeding America, below are food insecurity estimates along with the estimated effects of COVID-19 on food insecurity in Lake County:*
- 36,400 Lake County residents are estimated to be living with food insecurity. That's 15.8% of the population, which equates to nearly 1 in 7 residents who are struggling with hunger.
42% more Lake County residents are estimated to be suffering from food insecurity due to COVID-19. Prior to the pandemic, 25,700 residents were struggling, or 1 in 9.
11,790 children in Lake County are estimated to be living with food insecurity. This is 25% of children, a significant 1 in 4.
58% more children are estimated to be living with food insecurity due to COVID-19. Prior to the pandemic, 7,450 children were struggling, or 1 in 6.5.
Prior to the pandemic, 19,792 Lake County residents (8.6%), 5,236 (12%) children and 2,724 (6%) seniors lived in poverty.** We can only imagine the increase that has ensued due to the effects of COVID-19.
Pre-COVID, 32.6% of Lake County households struggled to afford basic needs.*** This includes the working poor (24%) and those who live in poverty (8.6%). Again, we can only imagine the increases that have occurred here due to the effects of the pandemic.
Lifeline's help referral hotline received 9,223 inquiries for food assistance in 2020. Inquiries for food rank #1 among all inquiries received.
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 help us meet the basic needs of those struggling in our community, which includes helping to restock the shelves of approximately 40 local Lake County food pantries. 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.
For a look at some of the faces of hunger in Lake County, click here.
How United Way of Lake County Impacted Hunger Last Year
With the help of community, we helped feed those suffering from hunger last year by:
- Providing approximately 40 local food pantries with enough food for nearly 270,000 meals (July 2019- June 2020)
- Helping to provide 41,024 meals to our Seniors (mainly via drive-by pick-up and delivery due to COVID-19)
- Helping to provide 2,500 bags of groceries to seniors via COVID-19 Senior Home Delivery Grocery program
- Helping to provide 502 cans of formula for babies within low income households
4 Simple Ways To Help
- In the face of COVID-19, we are encouraging monetary donations as the number one way to contribute. 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 Jodi Matsko Preseren at 440.639.1236 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Donate non-perishable food. Please contact Jodi Matsko Preseren at 440.639.1236 or via email at email@example.com to schedule a drop off time to our office at 9285 Progress Parkway in Mentor.
- Volunteer. If you or someone you know is interested in helping us sort food items we can use your help! If interested, please call 440.639.1236 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Give now and double your impact thanks to Just in Time Staffing and The Donato Foundation, who are matching donations up to $10,000!
Please share the below flyer indicating what hunger and poverty looks like in Lake County (click on this to enlarge and/or print).
*Source: Feeding America - Gundersen, C., M. Hake, A. Dewey, E. Engelhard (2020). The Impact of the Coronavirus on Food Insecurity in 2020, Update October 2020. **Poverty Data: US Census ACS 2019. ***Poverty & ALICE Household Data: US Census ACS 2019 and UW ALICE Study 2018 Point in Time.