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United Way Closes Books On Another 'Feed Lake County' Drive

The United Way of Lake County collected more than 40,000 pounds of food and almost $60,000 to help feed the hungry

This year, people donated 40,900 pounds of food and more than $59,000 to 's .

The local chapter of the United Way capped the event by giving the food donations to more than 50 local food banks Tuesday.

About a dozen of these food banks are in Mentor, said UWLC spokeswoman Gayle Sikula.

The food banks went to Feed Lake County's temporary headquarters at and received boxes filled with canned fruits and vegetables, tuna fish, pasta, peanut butter and more.

The money that people donate during Feed Lake County is used to buy food throughout the year -- which is, once again, given to local food banks.

Feed Lake County kicked off on March 2 and more than 60 businesses and organizations, as well as individuals from the county, donated food and money to it. And, even though the Feed Lake County drive is finished for another year, people can still donate food or money to help feed the needy.

They can bring their donations to the United Way of Lake County headquarters at 9285 Progress Parkway in Mentor.

The most requested donations are soups, canned fruits and vegetables, tuna fish and other canned meats, macaroni and other boxed meals, beef stew, ravioli and other canned ready meals, peanut butter and jelly, pasta and sauce, cereals and breakfast foods and toilet tissue and other personal care items.

Likewise, checks can be made payable to: United Way of Lake County by designating Feed Lake County in the memo section.

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