Monday, April 16, 2012

A Call for Food: We Need YOUR help!

United Way of Lake County is in desperate need of food for its Feed Lake County drive, including canned meats, tuna, peanut butter, spaghetti sauce, cereal and paper products.

Feed Lake County kicked off on March 2 and United Way of Lake County is doing one final push this week before the nonprofit organization distributes all the food to more than 50 food pantries across the county on Tuesday, April 24. 

Food can be dropped off Thursday, April 19 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. or Saturday, April 21 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the old Ethan Allen building at the Great Lakes Mall in Mentor.

So far during Feed Lake County, more than 60 local businesses and organizations have run food drives for United Way of Lake County, who then distributes all the food to the food pantries.

Last year, Feed Lake County raised 45,000 pounds of food and $60,000, which is used to purchase food throughout the year to distribute to food pantries. So far in 2012, more than 33,000 pounds of food and more than $32,000 has been raised.

The most requested donations include: soups, canned fruits and vegetables, tuna fish and other canned meats, Macaroni and Cheese and other boxed meals, beef stew, ravioli and other canned ready meals, peanut butter and jelly, pasta and sauce, cereals and breakfast foods and toilet tissue and other personal care items.

Monetary donations are also welcome. Checks can be made payable to: United Way of Lake County by designating Feed Lake County in the memo section.

All food must be dropped off from the outside of the mall as there is no entrance from the inside. The old Ethan Allen building is located on the west side of the mall facing Plaza Boulevard

For more information, contact Gayle Sikula at 440.639.1082 or or Rich Thiedemann at 440.639.1153 or

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