Show you care

In the season of giving, Lake and Sumter county residents can help less fortunate people by volunteering at food pantries throughout the area.

Lake Cares Food Pantry, as just one example, always can use volunteers. The pantry, at 2001 W. Old Highway 441, Suite 1, Mount Dora, opened in 2009 during the economic downturn. The goal was to serve 25 families a week; today the pantry serves more than 200 families a week, according to its website. The Mount Dora distribution hub serves clients every Wednesday and Saturday, and two satellite locations serve clients twice a month. Clients come from all age groups and ethnicities, and from poor to middle-class families.

Volunteers can help by greeting clients on distribution day, stocking food, working at events and fundraisers, or spreading the word on social media.

To volunteer or to donate, call 352.383.0100 or visit Lake Cares Inc. is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.