TAVARES — The Lake County Community Services, Public Transportation Division, collected more than 4,500 pounds of food during its annual “Stuff the Bus” food drive on Nov. 2.
The event was held at Walmart stores in Leesburg and Mount Dora and the Publix Supermarket in Clermont.
“It was great to see the amount of giving by the community during the event,” said Commissioner Welton Cadwell. “At the location I was at, there were a number of people coming out with several bags of items to give.”
A total of 34 volunteers and County employees assisted with the event.
The nonperishable food, pet and baby items collected during the campaign were donated to The United Way of Lake and Sumter Counties’ Human Care Network.
The mission of the Human Care Network is "To improve the quality of life for all individuals by leveraging resources, uniting agencies and impacting community needs."
Founded in 2002, the Human Care Network works with other nonprofits, faith-based organizations and local and state agencies to service the needs of low-income residents, which includes managing 14 food pantries in Lake and Sumter Counties.
For more information about donating food to the Human Care Network, or for information on receiving donated food items, call 2-1-1.