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.