During summer break, some disadvantaged children miss meals they depend on at school.
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals at Summer Break Spots when school is not in session.
This summer the USDA program plans to serve over 200 million free meals to kids 18 years and younger. The area’s Summer Break Spots serving the free meals to help close the childhood hunger gap include: W.T. Bland Library 1995 N. Donnelly St., Mount Dora Serving days & times: Monday-Friday through Aug. 9 (closed July 4) Lunch: 11:15 a.m., (Must be in line by 11:15) Boys & Girls Club Eustis 3551 E. Orange Ave., Eustis Serving days & times: Monday-Friday through July 28 (closed July 4) Breakfast: 8:00-9:00 a.m., Lunch: 12-1pm, and Snack: 3-4pm Eustis Heights Elementary 310 W. Taylor Ave., Eustis Serving days & times: Monday-Friday through July 28 (closed July 4) Breakfast: 8:00-9:00 a.m. and Lunch: 11-12:30
Liberty Christian Prep/Golden Triangle YMCA 2451 Dora Ave., Tavares Serving days & times: Monday-Friday through July 22 (closed July 4) Lunch: 11am-Noon and PM Snack: 1:30-3:00pm
There are over 3,500 Summer Break Spots in Florida where children receive the free meals in a safe and supervised environment. The program is federally-funded, state-administered and qualified sponsors run the program.
To most people, June 11 is just like any other day. But on this day, the Lake County Animal Shelter is celebrating the anniversary of the first no-kill community shelter.
The public can participate in “Just One Day”, a free pet adoption event, at the shelter located at 28123 County Road 561 in Tavares this Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. . The goal is to clear the shelter of adoptable animals into good homes. Puppies, kittens, cats and dogs will put their best paw forward to encourage residents to open their hearts and homes. All adoptions will be free, sponsored by L.E.A.S.H., Inc. 'No Kill Learning' is also teaming up with the event.
The shelter’s extra hours this Sunday are for adoptions only. To pick up county tags, or to inquire about surrendering an animal, visit or call during normal business hours.
Lake County's mission is to have all savable animals adopted or rescued. The public can help by fostering, adopting or sharing the adoptable pets on social media.
To find out more about the Lake County Animal Shelter, or to adopt or volunteer, stop by the shelter at 28123 County Road 561 in Tavares. For the most up-to-date information and photos of adoptable animals, follow the shelter on Facebook.
As a show of support to Orlando on the year anniversary of the Pulse nightclub attack, the City of Mount Dora will hold a ‘Solidarity Blood Drive' on June 12 with OneBlood of Lake County.
After the attack, Orlando hospitals were overwhelmed with patients who were in desperate need of blood. Ilka Reyes, one of the victims, was shot four times and received 11 pints of blood. Tony Marrero was shot four times and needed three pints of blood. Jeff Xcentri was shot four times and received 40 pints of blood. Another unnamed victim needed over 250 pints of blood.
After the shooting, 28,000 people came out to donate blood and just a week later, 85% of those donations were used. The blood used for the Pulse victims came from donations prior to that day. According to OneBlood, donations need to be constant because it takes 48 to 72 hours before the blood can be transfused. Regular donations are needed for that reason.
The Big Red Bus will be parked in front of City Hall from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and everyone is welcome to come and donate blood.