• Tri-City Fire Department Food Drive Challenge is January 21

    Lake County Golden Triangle Rotary organizes the event for the third year in a row

    Mount Dora, Florida (FL) –  The Tri-City Fire Department Food Drive Challenge is Saturday, January 21, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Members of the public may drop off donations of non-expired canned goods and dry foods or cash/check donations at one of the three participating fire department locations  – Eustis FD Station 22 at 100 W. Norton Ave., Mount Dora FD Station 34 at 1300 N. Donnelly St., and Tavares FD Station 28 at 911 Gateway Dr. All donations will go to the Lake Cares Food Pantry. The Rotary Club of Lake County Golden Triangle has coordinated the annual event since its inaugural in 2021.
    While spurring a friendly rivalry among fire departments, the ultimate challenge is to collect as much food as possible for the food pantry,” said Jim Dickerson, Chief of Lake County Fire Rescue and the Rotary’s Community Service Chair. “After the holidays, their food supplies are greatly diminished but the need has not,” he added. “January is typically a tough month for donations, so this drive is particularly beneficial to Lake Cares.”
    Lake Cares provides food and other necessities directly to people in need in Lake County. In 2021, the nonprofit organization served 55,563 individuals, including about 65% seniors and people with disabilities. The average weekly distribution of food was more than 25,000 pounds.
    Last year, the fire departments’ food drive amassed 44,000 pounds of donations in four hours. The Eustis department collected a whopping 73% of that total. Dickerson has challenged the stations to a 100,000-pound goal this year. “We hope that the Mount Dora and Tavares fire departments will be inspired by the previous successes of Eustis over the past two years,” he said.
    The Golden Triangle Rotary meets on the first, second, and fourth Thursdays of the month at 11:45 a.m. at the Country Club of Mount Dora in Mount Dora. Find out more at www.lakecountyrotary.com.