Stuff the Bus Event Seeks Donations for Food Pantry

Members of Lake Cares Food Pantry collect non-perishable foods at Publix.
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EUSTIS, Fla. — The 13th Annual Stuff the Bus food drive will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Publix, located at 2840 David Walker Drive, Eustis. Over the last 12 years, Lake County Transit Division staff and volunteers collected more than 45,000 items for those in need.

Again this year, the county is seeking donations of nonperishable food to be stuffed inside a Lake County Connection bus. All food donations will benefit the Lake Cares Food Pantry in Mount Dora. Lake Cares is a not for profit 501 (c)(3) organization serving poor to middle-class families, seniors and individuals with disabilities.

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.

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Those who can’t make it to the event can drop off nonperishable food items at the Lake County Transit 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 352-323-5733 or ABradford@lakecountyfl.gov.

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