On Giving Tuesday on November, 27th, 2018, Facebook is partnering with PayPal, to match a total of up to $7 million in donations made on Facebook to eligible US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits. And Lake Cares is eligible!

So with over 2100 active Facebook friends, we figure if even a small portion will share the $10 Challenge with their friends, and coupled with the possible Facebook/PayPal Match, it would truly meet the description of "It Takes a Community".

I decided that I would create a healthier party mix that was equally delicious and nutritious. By default I also realized the no bake mix that I created also happened to be dairy and gluten free, which is a nice bonus for those of us who are avoiding either one or both of those. The hardest part about this mix is not eating it all before you bag it up.

Diane Grande’s experience with Lake Cares Food Pantry is hands-on as an advocate and contributor.

“The food pantry is so important to the families, seniors and the disabled clients it serves,” she says.  “I can’t imagine what it is like to not have enough food to put on the table.  It is incomprehensible to me.  Maybe we can’t feed the world, but we can surely help those in need in our own community.”

Lake Cares Gives Holiday Meals to 600 families

For the 9th year, Lake Cares Food Pantry will have 250 extra happy clients at Thanksgiving and Christmas time! This is all part of the "Holiday Food on the Table Campaign". This special distribution of holiday food begins with more than 600 names placed in a food basket and Lake Cares staff draws out 250 names for a full Thanksgiving dinner on November 20th, and another 250 names are drawn for the December 21st Christmas dinner.

These drawings provide everything needed for a family of four to enjoy a holiday meal. “In addition to all the fixings for the holiday dinner we provide, families also a $15 gift card for their meat of choice,“

Donna Brown has a passionate commitment to service, a keen artistic sensibility, and a clear understanding of sustainable community growth. So, it was no surprise that the Lake Cares Diamond Endowment project fit her to a T.

“I needed absolutely no encouragement to join the Lake Cares Diamond Endowment Program,” says Donna, president and co-owner of Main Street Leasing in Mount Dora.

“On the contrary, I was hoping to be asked to be a part of it. When the concept was presented to me, I felt it was brilliant. Simply the most innovative fundraising idea I had ever heard.”

Providing nourishing meals for our less fortunate neighbors has always been the primary focus of Lake Cares Food Pantry. That will never change. However, we realize that for many of the families and seniors we help each week, the needs of our clients reach far beyond nutrition.

In Lake County, approximately 43,000 residents live at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty level. That’s $24,300 a year for a family of 4. These families live paycheck to paycheck. An unexpected illness, an accident, new tires, brakes for the car, or children needing school supplies. All these added expenses and more will throw a family into a financial crisis. A crisis that may eventually lead to homelessness.