Produce Pickups Begin Later This Month

posted 8/3/23 -- LCCAA’s new Produce Pickup Center will begin distributing orders later this month.

The agency’s former Bike Shop on the first floor of the Ronald Nabakowski Youth Center has been converted to space for storing and distributing fresh produce to those in need.

“Food insecurity in our community has skyrocketed,” said LCCAA CEO Jackie Boehnlein. “Spiking inflation, the end of emergency food stamp allotments and the continuing impact of the pandemic have created enormous need. Food costs are out of reach for more households than ever.”

Youth assigned to LCCAA under partnership with OhioMeansJobs have been working to prepare the center and staff has painted and installed coolers. Boehnlein anticipates the center will primarily serve residents living within two miles of the facility, however it is open to anyone in Lorain County.

LCCAA has partnered with Second Harvest, who provided a $2,500 grant for purchasing produce. The produce provided through the center will be free to those in need, but must be preordered through the LCCAA website. Boxes will be distributed outside the center in a drive-up line. The City of Lorain has provided a grant of $17,000 for operating expenses and supplies.

“Fresh produce is particularly difficult to afford and find on the tightest budget,” Boehnlein said. “We know this new effort will make a difference in Lorain.”

Watch our Facebook page for announcements about hours and how to order.