LCCAA Request Food Pantry Partners

posted 9/22/15 -- For the third consecutive year, Lorain County Community Action Agency will provide funding to area food pantries to assist with increased demand in the months of November and December.

"These grants simply and directly meet a crucial need for the people of Lorain County," said Frank Prihoda, director of LCCAA's Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) which funds the partnership. "Once again, we will select as many partners as we can and spread assistance throughout the county."

Funding is provided on a reimbursement basis and is for the sole purpose of purchasing food and grocery items (edible and inedible). To be eligible, pantries must be located in Lorain County, distribute food to clients living at or below 125% of the federal poverty line, and conduct monthly reporting of clients served.

The food pantry partnerships began in 2013 in response to cuts in the United States Department of Agriculture's food stamp program (also known as SNAP). The cuts caused a spike in demand at food pantries just in time for the anticipated holiday rush. The USDA reports that 80 percent of SNAP recipients exhaust their monthly benefit in only two weeks.

For the past two years, approximately 25 food pantries have been selected to partner with LCCAA. Food pantries interested in applying for the funding will find LCCAA’s Request for Partnership is available by clicking here. The deadline for application is October 19, 2015.