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25th Annual Feed Lake County Food & Fundraising Drive

Help us Feed Lake County During our 25th Annual Food Drive & Fundraiser from March 1 - April 16, 2017 

You have the power to do great things for your community. Last year our community collectively donated enough food and funds for us to provide 208,524 meals to help feed Lake County's hungry. All food items collected during this year's annual Feed Lake County food drive will be distributed at the beginning of May to over 50 local food pantries. All money raised during the drive will be used to make food purchases throughout 2017 to help restock food pantries later in the year. Below is a list of ways community organizations and residents can help:

• Organize a food drive at your company or organization and then donate the food items and money collected to United Way of Lake County. For more information, contact Jodi Matsko at 440-639-1236 or via email at jmatsko@uwlc.org.

• Make a monetary donation to United Way of Lake County at 9285 Progress Parkway, Mentor, OH, 44094 or drop off any food donations to this location. Every dollar donated is enough to provide 4 meals for a family in need. Click here now to give.

• Eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of 40 participating restaurants on Thursday, April 20 during United Way of Lake County’s Dine to Donate community-wide restaurant event. A list of all participating restaurants who will donate a portion of their entire day’s sales to Feed Lake County can be found here, though check back for updates as more restaurants will be added as we get closer to the date..

•Volunteer. Those interested in helping sort food items can contact Gayle Sikula at 440-639-1082 or via email at gsikula@uwlc.org.

Why Your Help is So Very Important:

  • 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 (19.8% of children).

  • 18,672 residents rely on SNAP benefits (food stamps).

  • 8,488 Calls were made in 2016 to 2-1-1 for Food Assistance (+68% from 6 years ago).

  • The food items and money raised during our annual Feed Lake County food drive help more than 50 food pantries and agencies throughout Lake County.

  • These 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 community, we helped feed Lake County by:

  • Providing over 50 local food pantries with enough food for 208,524 meals to feed our hungry.
  • Providing much needed formula to 375 babies.
  • Helping to provide 38,000 congregate meals to our seniors.

Did you know that you can provide 4 meals for every $1 donated! This means:

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

Will you please join us by making a donation or running a food drive?

To sign up to participate in a food or fundraising drive to Feed Lake County, please contact Jodi Matsko at 440.639.1236 or by email at jmatsko@uwlc.org.  |    To give online now, click here.  Thank you!

Give Where You. Live. Donate Now to Help Feed Your Lake County Friends and Neighbors in Need.