On Friday, Oct. 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., LSSC students and members of the community can receive a 30-plus pound box of pantry staples, fresh dairy, meat, and produce. LSSC and Lake Cares expects over 41,500 pounds of food will be distributed to students and community during this event.
Students and families in the community participating are to enter the campus at College Drive from U.S. Highway 441. The address of the Leesburg campus is 9501 U.S. Highway 441, Leesburg.
“We know that food insecurity is a significant issue for many of our students,” Dr. Laura Byrd, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the LSSC Foundation says in a news release. “The pandemic has made these issues more urgent and we are proud to be able to support our local community.”
Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse Survey conducted in September 2020, shows that 23 million households sometimes or often didn’t get enough to eat, including 1.95 million households in Florida.
The food boxes from this event is provided by the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box program that has provided over 100 million food boxes nationally since May 2020.
Thanks to anonymous donors and a strong partnership with Lake Cares Food Pantry, Second Harvest Food Bank, and the USDA, the LSSC Foundation has provided 152,000 pounds of food to the local community at three events since May. This event will bring the total distributed to 193,500 pounds.
About Lake-Sumter State College
Founded in 1962, Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) offers a high-quality education at an affordable price to the communities of Lake and Sumter counties. As a proud member of the Florida College System, LSSC serves more than 6,000 students annually at three locations: Leesburg, South Lake (Clermont), and Sumterville. LSSC offers certificate and degree programs designed to support and prepare students for today’s dynamic workforce. LSSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Through a DirectConnect® partnership with the University of Central Florida, students graduating with an Associate in Arts are guaranteed admission to UCF. Learn more about LSSC at www.lssc.edu.
About Lake-Sumter State College Foundation, Inc.
The LSSC Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides support to Lake-Sumter State College through the funding of scholarships and projects to advance the College’s mission of student success. The Foundation’s work is possible thanks to the generous support of individuals, businesses, and organizations.