It was a great pleasure to meet with Irene O’Malley, Executive Director of Lake Cares Inc. Food Pantry.
Lake Cares Food Pantry opened on April 4, 2009, with a short-term intention of helping those in the community who were affected by the economic conditions of the time. The goal was to serve 25 families a week, today they serve more than 200 families a week, and the numbers keep growing.
The Food pantry distributes between 8,000 to 10,000 lbs of food
per week, in 2016 they distributed over 365,000 lbs. In the first quarter of 2017; 7,596 individuals, 2,332 families and 97,912 lbs of food have been served. Irene said the number of families being served has not diminished over the years and has actually increased as community awareness grows.
How do they do it? Currently there are over 175 volunteers supporting the efforts of the Food Pantry. “We are continually looking for more volunteers, as the needs of the Lake County Community grow.” , states Irene. Collection efforts, distribution efforts, drivers, donors and sponsors all work together for the betterment of a great cause. It’s amazing, a simple $5.00 donation can purchase up to 27 lbs of food.
One thing I found very different was that the Food Pantry offers CHOICES… working and distributing by appointment only allows the organization to personally sit down with every individual/family to see exactly what there needs are, what they will eat and what they will not eat. Providing people with items they will not use is a waste, a waste that can not be afforded. Everybody and every family has different needs, Irene told me it’s “All about the people”.
The Lake Cares Food Pantry needs your help. They need the help of sponsors and donors. I encourage you to donate your time, or j
ust $5.00. To volunteer you can contact: Becky Carter at (352) 383-100. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact: Irene O’Malley at (352) 383-0100. For more information you can visit there website: LakeCares.org
You can also call them to schedule a tour of the Food Pantry.
Lake Cares Mount Dora
2001 West Old Highway 441, #1
Mount Dora, FL 32757
Phone: (352) 383-0100
- Wednesday Mornings by Appointment ONLY from 8:45am to 10:45am. **Seniors and Disabled ONLY**
- Wednesday Afternoons: Walk-ins are from 3:30pm to 4:00pm; Appointments Only are from 4pm to 5pm. Everyone is welcome.
- Saturday Mornings: Walk-ins are at 9:30am, Appointments Only are from 8:45am – 10:45am. Everyone is welcome.
Neighborhood Resource Centers and Distribution:
Bates Neighborhood Resource Center
1128 Clifford Avenue
Eustis, FL 32726
Distribution: Second and Fourth Friday Each Month 1pm to 3pm
Martin Luther King Resource Center
803 Florida Avenue
Mt. Dora, FL 32757
Distribution: First and Third Friday Each Month from 9am to 11am.
Faith Christian Fellowship Church
1951 Dora Avenue
Tavares, FL 32778
Distribution: First Saturday of each month from 10am – 12 noon.