LAKE COUNTY — ORV riders will have an opportunity to give back to the community by participating in the Fill My Truck food drive to benefit the Bread of Life food pantry. Kimberly O'Dea, who was introduced to Lake County through ORV riding, wants visitors' experience to be more than just trail riding, but learning about the struggles of the local communities, and having a chance to contribute.

The food drive will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, at the 16th Street staging trail head on 16th Street.

"I am going to cook hot dogs and chili to serve people who stop by," she said. "We suggest a donation of $2 or more for the meal. We will make out tax receipts for people who want to give a tax donation instead of a non-perishable food item. I hope we get tons of donations. All of the money and food donations will go to the pantry."

O'Dea says her husband manages the Lake County Michigan ORV Facebook page, and she would like to get a more positive image of the way the local community sees ORV riders.

"A lot of people complain how ORV riders wreck the landscape, and we want to see if there is a way to change the conversation," she said. "There are so many good people who ride the trails who love and invest in Lake County — who want to build here. This food drive offers them the opportunity to do something proactive and give back.

"We have been getting a lot of positive response about the event, and I think there will be a lot of participation. We have to start somewhere. Hunger is silent. You cannot see it on a person's face. I love food and cannot imagine people struggling to feed themselves and their families."

O'Dea hopes the food drive will be a great success.

"Even if the food drive just impacts a few people the first time, it makes a difference. A lot of people don't realize the magnitude of people who are hungry. With so much hate in the world, the place to begin to make a difference is locally," she said.