Tavares – The 14th Annual Stuff the Bus food drive will be held on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Publix, located at 2840 David Walker Drive in Eustis. Over the last 13 years, Lake County Transit Services staff and volunteers collected more than 50,000 items for those in need.
Again this year, the county is seeking donations of non-perishable 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.
Non-perishable 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.
Those who can’t make it to the event can drop off non-perishable food items at the Community Services Administration Office located in the Lake County Administration Building in Room 233 located at, 315 W. Main St., Tavares, 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.