Lake and Sumter Style Magazine
5:37 pm EST
Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Stuff it!

Saturday, Oct. 6, be sure to take your food back to Publix—to donate—at the 13th Annual Stuff the Bus Food Drive.  Non-perishable food will be stuffed inside a Lake County Connection bus.

Collection will be at Publix, 2840 David Walker Drive, Eustis from 9am-5pm.

“Lake County is always in need,” said Mary Ezzell, office associate V, with Lake County government. “The outreach that Lake Cares Food Pantry does is just tremendous.”

During the past 12 years, more than 45,000 items have been collected for people in need.  The food donations benefit Lake Cares Food Pantry in Mount Dora, a 501(c)(3) organization serving families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities.

Nonperishable food items include canned meats, vegetables, fruits, canned or dry soups, peanut butter, packaged pasta, tea bags, ground coffee, hot or cold cereal, baby food, baby formula, granola and cereal bars, dry or canned pet food among many other items.

Can’t make it that day? Not to worry, you can drop off your food items at the Lake County Transit Division’s office at 2440 U.S. Highway 441/27 in Fruitland Park, Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm.

But it just might be more fun to stuff the bus.

Volunteers are also needed to work in two-hour shifts to encourage people to donate and pack the food onto the busses.

For more information about the Stuff the Bus Campaign, or to volunteer, contact Amy Bradford, 352-323-5733, or email