Laketran launches mobile food pantry to deliver fresh produce to Lake County seniors

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Posted at 12:50 PM, Jan 26, 2021

LAKE COUNTY, Ohio — A new Mobile Food Pantry will be making stops around Lake County each week to provide fresh produce to seniors in need of food.

A retrofitted Laketran Dial-a-Ride bus, rebranded as the Lake County Mobile Food Pantry, will visit two locations each week on Tuesdays and Thursdays to distribute 60 boxes of fresh produce to senior participants.

“Food assistance remains a top need among seniors during the coronavirus pandemic and while there are 40 food pantries throughout Lake County, this program is unique because it provides fresh produce,” shared Laketran CEO Ben Capelle. “We’re excited to be able to repurpose a bus to meet this community need.”

Laketran employees and volunteers from RSVP of Lake County will place groceries in the trunk's of seniors as cars arrive, allowing for a contactless pickup process.

Lake County seniors, 60 years and older, should register for one pick-up per month by calling Lifeline, Inc. at 2-1-1- or Lake County Council of Aging at 440-205-8111.

Locations and dates for the Lake County Mobile Food Pantry are:

Eastlake Transit Center at Captains Stadium, 35300 Vine St.: Feb. 9 and March 9 at 10 a.m.
• Wickliffe Senior Center, 900 Worden St.: Feb. 11 and March 11 at 10 a.m.
• Madison Senior Center, 2938 Hubbard Road.: Feb. 16 and March 16 at 10 a.m.
• Perry Senior Center, 2800 Perry Park Road.: Feb. 18 and March 18 at 10 a.m.
• Lake County Central YMCA, 933 Mentor Ave.: Feb. 23 and March 23 at 10 a.m.
• Concord Community Center, 7671 Auburn Road.: Feb. 25 and March 25 at 10 a.m.
• Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Dr.: Feb. 2, March 2 and March 30 at 10 a.m.
• Mentor Park-n-Ride, 8650 Market St.: Feb. 4 and March 4 at 10 a.m.

Each month, 480 households will receive over 14,000 pounds of fresh, healthy produce.

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