TAVARES — The Lake County Board of County Commissioners, in partnership with the Constitutional Officers, the Public Defender’s office and the State’s Attorney’s office, is collecting specific items for the Annual Backpack Food Drive until Friday, May 31 . Items may be dropped off at the Lake County Administration Building, 315 W. Main St., Tavares; Sheriff’s Office, 360 W. Ruby St., Tavares; Property Appraiser’s Office, 320 W. Main St., Tavares; Tax Collector’s Offices 320 W. Main St., Tavares; 918 Avenida Central, Lady Lake; Clerk’s Office, 550 W. Main St., Tavares; 902 Avenida Central, Lady Lake; or at any location in the county that has a yellow bin.
The Board of County Commissioners (BCC) and their employees donate food items to the year-long food drive. In 2012, Commissioner Sean Parks reached out to all of the Constitutional Officers and their staff to join with the BCC to help collect food to feed Lake County’s children throughout the summer. These collaborative efforts brought in 4,380 lbs. of food.
“As a father of three children, it is hard for me to imagine my children going to bed hungry,” said Commissioner Parks. “For many of our neighbors in Lake County, this is their reality. I know the children thank you for giving.”
Specific items being collected are as follows:
• Single-serve cereal and cereal bars
• Pop Tarts
• Macaroni and Cheese
• Single-serve SpaghettiO’s, Beefaroni, Beef Stew, etc.
• Single-serve fruit
• Single-pack raisins
• Single-serve, shelf-stable milk
• Single-serve chocolate milk
• Single-serve snacks
• Peanut butter
This year the food collections will be split between two organizations: Deliver the Difference, which services the north end of the county, and Buses n’ Backpacks, which services the south end of the county.
Deliver the Difference is a local organization that provides backpacks to needy children that are filled with enough food to feed that child during the weekend. These backpacks are distributed throughout the school year based on need. During the summer, Deliver the Difference will distribute 2,500 meals per week to children in the community by providing a backpack filled with five breakfasts, five lunches, five dinners, five snacks, five juice boxes and shelf-stable milk. For more information, visit www.deliverthedifference.org.
Buses n’ Backpacks is a local organization that provides backpacks to young children in crisis. Each backpack is filled with enough food to feed that child during the weekend. They also supply food pantries that are located on campus for older children in eight schools. In 2012, they supplied more than 35,000 meals to kids in crisis. For more information, visit www.BusesnBackpacks.com.