United Way of Lake County distributes 648 hams to local food pantries in time for Easter

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March 26, 2015 - Mentor, OH - As part of the 2015 Feed Lake County Campaign, United Way of Lake County distributed 648 hams Thursday morning to 48 food pantries across the county. The hams will then be distributed to families in need in time for Easter.

The need for food in Lake County continues to grow as 2-1-1 reported 10,879 calls for food in 2014, which was an increase from 8,342 calls for food in 2013.

The 648 hams will provide meals for nearly 3,900 people.

The hams were purchased at and delivered by Giant Eagle to United Way of Lake County's Mentor office. From there, volunteers from Lake-Geauga Recovery Center distributed the hams to the food pantries as they came to pick them up.

So far, more than 110 companies, schools and organizations have signed up to run food drives to help 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 a monetary or food donation to United Way of Lake County and send to 9285 Progress Parkway, Mentor, Ohio.
  • 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.