Lake County Public Transportation Division staff and volunteers will be collecting nonperishable food to be stuffed inside a Lake County Connection bus. The food gathered during the campaign will be donated to The Salvation Army in Leesburg and the Lake Cares Food Pantry in Mount Dora, directly helping those in need in the local community.
The 10th Annual Stuff the Bus drive, benefitting local food pantries, will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Walmart located at 17030 U.S. Highway 441 in Mount Dora.
Nonperishable food items accepted for donation include canned meats, vegetables, fruits, stews and chili, canned or dry soups, canned or packaged pasta, peanut butter, tea bags and ground coffee, hot and cold cereals, rice, cake and pancake mixes, syrup, powdered milk, juice boxes, granulated sugar, baby food and formula, granola and cereal bars and dry or canned pet food.
For residents who can’t make it to the event on Nov. 7, nonperishable food may be dropped off at the Lake County Public Transportation Division’s office, located at 2440 U.S. Highway 441/27 in Fruitland Park, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Volunteers are also needed to work shifts of two hours or more beginning at 8:45 a.m. and ending at 5:15 p.m. to help encourage people to donate items and pack food into the buses. For more information about the Stuff the Bus campaign, or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Amy Bradford at 352-323-5723 or ABradford@lakecountyfl.gov.
The community's embrace of Breast Cancer Awareness Month was not lost on two special groups of Mount Dora residents this week. On Wednesday, Mount Dora High School art students happily joined forces with Mount Dora Police Department and spray-painted large pink ribbons on the driveways of the police station's driveways on Donnelly and Lincoln streets. The young artists used a stencil bigger than themselves to create the ribbons the demonstrate support of the cause. Mount Dora's finest and Mount Dora High School students have a history of working together on community service projects. Well done!
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The Fall season has many locals looking forward to the cooler weather and everything it brings. For less fortunate local families, the change in temperatures can also create a hardship when trying to keep their families bundled up during cold snaps.
"Keep Lake Warm" is a hoodie and jacket drive currently underway to benefit Lake Cares Food Pantry clients and organized by Mount Dora Buzz. Residents wishing to help are encouraged to donate their gently used adult and children sized hoodies and jackets. Please bring clean items in good condition to the following drop-off locations through October 31.
Lakes Cares Food Pantry, 2001 W. Old Highway 441, Mount Dora
Monday -Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 12 noon
(Donation door has a drop-off sign and is on the Morningside Drive side of the building. To drop off items during regular office hours, just press the doorbell and someone will respond to take your items).
Barrel of Books & Games, 128 W. 4th Ave., Mount Dora
Schools, scouts, churches and other group participation is greatly encouraged. If your group is interested in helping, please click here.
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