TAVARES — The Lake County Department of Economic Development & Community Services, Public Transportation Division, is hosting its Fifth Annual Stuff the Bus campaign on Saturday, Nov. 20, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at area Wal-Mart stores.
The goal of the annual food drive is to stuff a bus full of donated nonperishable food items, baby food and pet food. A Lake County Connection bus will be parked at the Wal-Mart stores in Mount Dora at 17030 U.S. Highway 441 and in Leesburg at 2501 N. Citrus Blvd., with volunteers and County employees volunteering their time at each location.
“Last year we collected more than 4,200 pounds and we’re hoping the response is even better this year.” said Ken Harley, Director of the Public Transportation Division. “We are also hoping that the Mount Dora store will finally beat the Leesburg store again. Leesburg has collected the most food in the past three years.”
The nonperishable food collected at the Leesburg location will be donated to The Salvation Army and items collected at the Mount Dora location will be donated to the Lake Cares Food Pantry. The program helps support the Human Care Network in partnership with United Way of Lake & Sumter County.
Lake County’s Public Transportation Division is responsible for operation of the County’s fixed-bus route system, LakeXpress, as well as the paratransit service Lake County Connection.
LakeXpress operates Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. The LakeXpress service includes four routes. Route 1 runs from The Villages to Eustis, primarily on U.S. Highway 441. Route 2 circulates in downtown Leesburg. Route 3 circulates in downtown Mount Dora. Route 4 runs from the Altoona Post Office on State Road 19 to the community of Zellwood on U.S. Highway 441 where passengers can transfer to LYNX route 44.
For more information about the Stuff the Bus campaign, contact Amy Bradford with the Public Transportation Division at (352) 742-6580 or e-mail email@example.com.