United Way's county-wide Dine to Donate is this Thursday; Proceeds to benefit Feed Lake County

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March 16, 2015 - Mentor, OH - More than 30 local restaurants have agreed to donate a portion of their total day sales on Thursday, March 19 to help raise money for United Way's Feed Lake County as part of a county-wide Dine to Donate.

We encourage everyone to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at one of the below listed restaurants on March 19 in order to increase funds for a worthy cause.

The need for food in Lake County continues to grow as 2-1-1 reported more than 10,000 calls for food in 2014, which was an increase from 8,342 calls for food in 2014. One in every six residents in Lake County struggles with hunger.

Dine to Donate is part of United Way of Lake County's annual spring food drive, Feed Lake County, which kicked off on March 1 and will run until mid-April. During this time, we ask companies, organizations and individuals to help us run food drives to help more than 50 local food pantries distribute meals to those in need.

So far, more than 80 companies and organizations have signed up to help run food drives for Feed Lake County.  

How can YOU 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 jmatsko@uwlc.org.
  • Make an individual monetary or food donation to United Way of Lake County and send to 9285 Progress Parkway, Mentor, Ohio.
  • Eat breakfast, lunch of dinner at one of 33 participating restaurants on Thursday, March 19 during United Way of Lake County's county-wide Dine to Donate. Check out United Way of Lake County's website (www.uwlc.org) to see a full list of all participating restaurants who will donate a portion of the entire day's sales to Feed Lake County.
  • Volunteer. Those interested in helping sort food items can contact Rich Thiedemann at rthiedemann@business-right.com.

All food items collected during Feed Lake County will be distributed to more than 50 food pantries at the end of April. The money collected during Feed Lake County will be used to make food purchases throughout 2015 to help restock food pantries later in the year.

About United Way of Lake County

United Way of Lake County's mission is to measurably improve the quality of lives in Lake County. United Way funds 74 programs administered through 48 agencies throughout the county. Visit www.uwlc.org for more information on United Way funded programs, events, and campaign information. You can also like us at www.facebook.com/unitedwayoflakecounty or follow us at www.twitter.com/uwlc.