Diamonds for Lake County in Need

Diamonds are Forever, but Diamonds are expensive!
That reality led 13 California women to go in together on a $37,000 necklace and take monthly turns possessing it. The 2008 bestseller, The Necklace: Thirteen Women and The Experiment That Transformed Their Lives, chronicles how their uber jewelry-sharing journey changed their lives.

Lake Cares Food Pantry hopes to change the lives of its ever-expanding roster of clients by borrowing a page from The Necklace with the raffle of a unique, custom necklace to raise money for expanding its cramped Mount Dora headquarters. 

Victory Garden Project in Lake County Florida

Back in the day, people harvested victory gardens to supplement their food needs and those of their neighbors. It was in deed a time where the community came together for the greater good. We are so proud to announce the groundbreaking ceremony of the Victory Garden at Faith Christian Fellowship on March 23rd was well attended and everyone celebrated this momentous occasion. 

Panty to Plate recipe - butternut squash-tumeric-bisque

Resolve to try something new this year, try butternut squash.
Have you ever seen this long odd shaped gourd and wondered what it is and what it actually tastes like? Well the sweet and nutty flavor paired with all of its health benefits are just what the doctor ordered to help you start the year off right. Instead of chicken soup I love adding some pepper and turmeric and this soup instantly becomes a "souper" soup. Butternut squash is also very affordable and it usually only takes one to create enough to feed the entire family and once made this soup freezes really well. Pick up one today and try this awesome soup.

Every day, thousands of people wonder how they will scrounge up their next meal, many of them are our neighbors right here in Lake County! In our very own backyard, over 45,000 residents sweat daily over putting food on their tables.

For the first time, Lake Cares Food Pantry is managing the “Empty Bowls” event in hopes of shining a light on this increasingly heartbreaking secret that many of the people we see every day are facing.

We would love for you to join us on Thursday, February 8th from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm at Wooten Park in Tavares! For $10 you get to enjoy 2 soups created by local eateries, bread, bottled water, and a bowl to use, which doubles as a reminder of the regions daily epidemic of empty bowls.

Personal Items instead of presents

We are so very thankful for all of the individuals and organizations who hold food collection drives leading into the holiday season. We have had many inquiries as to what else can people do to help us and our clients get through the season. Yes without a doubt, food is very important, but so are the personal needs every person has. Items such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste and toothbrushes, deodorant and toilet paper. The list goes on, just look around your house, pay attention to your everyday routines and you'll soon realize what our clients need as well. 

Lake Concert Band to perform and gives money to Lake Cares Food Pantry

The partnership between Lake Cares and the Lake Concert Band under the direction of John Landers offers a free holiday concert. The concert is held at the Mount Dora Community Building at 520 N. Baker St. on December 14th from 7-9 pm. This concert brings the songs of Christmas along with Broadway and classical selections to listeners. A monetary donation will be accepted during the show.