The is holding its final food collection drive this Saturday as a final push for its annual Feed Lake County drive.
They will collect nonperishable foods and paper items from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the former Ethan Allen store in the .
Feed Lake County kicked off on March 2 and, since then, more than 60 local businesses and organizations have run food drives for United Way of Lake County. The United Way will then, in turn, distributes all the food to more than 52 food pantries across the county on April 24.
Last year, Feed Lake County raised 45,000 pounds of food and $60,000, which is used to purchase food throughout the year to distribute to food pantries. So far in 2012, more than 33,000 pounds of food and more than $32,000 has been raised.
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.
Monetary donations are also welcome. Checks can be made payable to: United Way of Lake County by designating Feed Lake County in the memo section.
All food must be dropped off from the outside of the mall as there is no entrance from the inside. The old Ethan Allen building is located on the west side of the mall facing Plaza Boulevard
For more information, call Gayle Sikula at 440-639-1082 or email her at GSikula@uwlc.org.