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We depend on our Volunteers, learn how you can become one.

Becky Carter knows one true fact. Volunteers are the backbone and strength of Lake Cares Food Pantry. “As Assistant Director of Lake Cares one of the pleasures of my job is gathering people from all walks of life wanting to volunteer and help those in need,” Becky said. “We have approximately 170+active volunteers and you couldn’t ask for a finer group of people. Like all organizations, we always need more volunteers because of vacations, appointments, and illness.”
Orientation is held once a month at Lake Cares. It gives potential volunteers an overall picture of what Lake Cares does and how it operates. Ages for volunteers range from 15 to those in their 80’s. 

First United Church of Mount Dora distributes food to Lake Cares Clients

For more than 3 years First United Methodist Church of Mt. Dora has partnered with Lake Cares Food Pantry distributing food on the 1st & 3rd Friday of the month to Pantry clients living near the Martin Luther King Center in Mount Dora. The majority have no means of transportation. Many of the families and seniors walk to get the much-needed food. “This really is an answer to the prayers of this community and our church,” said Janet Westlake from First United. “Dave Magee, who passed away in 2016, started this outreach program aiding those in need of food. We service 120 families each month and it’s really about relationships.”

Half of Lake Cares Volunteers

Many of our volunteers have been with us for several years, yet some have just begun. Without volunteers our operation would not work as smoothly as it does, nor would we be able to serve as many people as we do. Take a look at some of their testimonials and maybe one of them will resonate with you, so much so, you will consider becoming one of our family of volunteers. If so, click here to take a look our Ways you Can Help Page. If you have any questions, give us a call at 352-383-0100 and ask for Becky. In the meantime, take a couple minutes to read how the Lake Cares Volunteers, Tell it like it is!

Birdies & Burgers Golf Scramble Announced

The 2017 Birdies and Burger Golf Tournament to benefit Lake Cares Food Pantry is scheduled for Saturday, September 9th, 7:30-8:15 check-in, at the Country Club of Mount. Dora. This unique 4 person charity scramble has a cost of $50 per person which includes 18 holes of golf, cart and lunch. “This is such a fun event which is open to men, women and mixed divisions,” said Ed Rizzo who is on the Advisory Board of Lake Cares. “Where else can you attend a Chinese auction and 50/50 raffle and know you are helping feed so many in need people. And on top of that have a chance to win a $15,000 Hole in One Prize. It’s a great thing.”

Sponsorships available for Birdies and Burgers

The Fall is fast approaching and so is our annual Birdies and Burgers Golf Scramble. We are looking for sponsors to help us put on this super fun event! We anticipate up to 144 golfers for 18 holes of golf, a raffle, Chinese auction and burgers plus all the fixins' for lunch, of course. All the fun happens on Saturday, September 9 at The Country Club of Mount Dora.

We also have added a new and exciting challenge for all our golfers, a $15,000 Grand Prize for a Hole in One!

We have seven different sponsorship levels ranging from $100 - $3000, all with varying levels of promotional exposure and numbers of golfers included.

It's simple to become a sponsor, all you have to do is download this application, fill it out and pay online here


Available Sponsorship Levels:

Tournament Sponsor $3000

Cart Sponsor $1000

Lunch Sponsor $500

Hole in One Sponsor $500

Closest to the Pin Sponsor $150

Longest Drive Sponsor $150

Hole Sponsor $100

Lake Concert Band Announces Benefit Concert for Lake Cares

We are excited to announce this year the Lake Concert Band will once again hold a FREE benefit holiday concert on our behalf. We look forward to hearing various holiday favorites such as Canadian Brass Christmas Suite, Sleigh Ride, Celtic Carol, and Go Tell It on The Mountain. Monetary donations will be collected during the concert to benefit Lake Cares Food Pantry.

A special thank you goes out to the City of Mount Dora, for donating the space to hold this amazing fundraising event.

Lake Cares Food Pantry is again blessed to have the continued support of Main Street Leasing, the United Way and the community for the Summer Feeding Program for Children. This much needed 9-week program tackles hunger insecurities during the weeks when school is not in session.

One of our clients by the name of Janet, who at 75 years old received custody of her 5 great grandchildren.

“My husband Larry and I went to from being alone to getting my great grandchildren because their parents died within days of each other,” Janet said.

It is with great excitement Lake Cares Food Pantry opens a satellite distribution site at Faith Christian Fellowship Church, 1951 Dora Avenue, Tavares, Florida. 

The once a month distribution will be held from 10a.m.-12p.m. on the first Saturday of each month.

Main Street Leasing donates 25,000 to Lake Cares Summer Feeding Program

For more than 8 years, Main Street Leasing has shared a wonderful partnership with Lake Cares Food Pantry. MSL, as they are commonly known, has generously given financial support with the $25,000 matching donation for the Summer Children's Feeding Program. This is a dollar for dollar match for any donation specifically given to this fund. (click here to donate now)

Rich Critters feed the hippy bus pet food drive for Lake Cares Food Pantry Pets

Every year we give out hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to our clients. However, we can’t forget our clients who have pets. Several senior and low-income families also have pets, and many times they end up sharing their table food with their furry friends.


So you have your list, and you are checking it twice, but what do you get for the person who has everything? Everyone we know loves to open presents during the holiday season, but what is inside those gifts is what really matters! We believe we have the perfect solution for you.

Lake Concert Band Performs to Benefit Lake Cares Food Pantry

DATE: December 8th
TIME: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: the Mount Dora Community Building

For more than 5 years, the Lake Concert Band under the direction of John Landers, offers a free Christmas concert benefiting Lake Cares Food Pantry.

The 70 band members started rehearsals in mid-September for the concert. Music to be played will be Christmas songs, besides a few Broadway tunes, plus some classical selections. Many of the band members have been playing together for more than 25 years. Each and every member performs throughout the year at numerous concerts, parades, and community functions...

Volunteer Spotlight for Lake Cares Food Pantry in Lake County Florida

There are two definitions of the word “help” in the Merriam-Webster dictionary. Help - to do something that makes it easier for someone dealing with a problem; to give yourself or another person food or drink. That is what Janet Shaner does every Wednesday afternoon from 3:15 till 5:00 helping disperse bags of food to those in need at Lake Cares Food Pantry.

Main Street Leasing and United Way Support Lake Cares Food Pantry

Lake Cares Food Pantry is thankful and pleased for the continued support of Main Street Leasing, the United Way and the community during the “Summer Feeding Program for Children.” This year’s program fed more than 1600 children from June 14th - August 2nd.

DATE: Saturday, November 12th
TIME: 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
WHERE: Renninger's

Join us as we gather for a Guinness World Record attempt. TheCross Mount Dora came up with this brilliant idea to raise funds for our pantry, and their goal is to raise over $50,000. We invite you to come and participate by being one of the 2000+ people who will bring a dish or beverage to share with our community.

DATE: November 17 - 19
TIME: Starts at 10:00am daily
WHERE: Donnelly Park

Santa's elves have been working hard to create a wide variety of holiday decorations which will surely get you into the holiday spirit at the 3rd annual "Celebrate the Season" in Mount Dora...