What is SLCM?

South Lake Community Ministries exists to serve our neighbors through services that support their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.

Buses n’ Backpacks was started in 2005 as a ministry of The Church at South Lake. The vision for the program started with a simple question: What would it look like to take literally the call to love our neighbor as ourselves? Since then, the organization has grown from serving 15 children with a weekend backpack of food, to a partnership with 12 local schools, to serving local homebound senior adults, to emotional health services and more. Today South Lake Community Ministries is a 501c3 organization with an independent Board of Directors.

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Our Services

SLCM currently offers two different programs in our local community.

We offer a range of mental and emotional health services to help people move toward a brighter future.

We work in partnership with local schools providing weekly food support for kids in crisis and at-home delivery to local homebound senior adults.

We provide a range disaster relief services in partnership with various National, State and Local agencies, including the Lake County Emergency Operations Center.


  • We picked up Christmas assistance for a Great Grandmother who is raising her three Great Grandchildren. We were brought to tears by the love and generosity that was expressed…it was indeed a very Merry Christmas for this family.

    Founders of LovExtension
  • Careful planning is evident in the well balanced variety of foods specifically tailored to the size of each family and the ages of the children.

    Jane Boyack | School Social Worker
  • Your support is greatly appreciated and enables us to better serve the youth of our community…

    Boys & Girls Club of Lake & Sumter Counties
  • You help the students prosper by giving them food. You fuel their minds along with them not having to worry about the supplies they need.

    M. Andrews | South Lake High
  • There is no doubt that receiving help from Buses n’ Backpacks not only gave my student and her family daily sustenance, but strengthened her mom’s faith and helped sustain her spiritually in a time of great crisis.

    Bonnie Taylor | Lake County Teacher
  • You’d think it was Christmas. My grandson loves the potatoes and the veggies in a can!

    Students Grandmother
  • It was absolutely apparent that these folks were doing everything they could to get by.

    Don Lucas | Publix General Manager

Contact Us

Any question is a good question.
Call 352-243-1155 for more information.

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