LCSC is grateful to the Vincent J. Stark Foundation Board of Trustees for approving a funding grant for the sixth year in a row. The grant is in the amount of $20,000 and will provide partial salary support for the three full-time staff members who manage and implement the twice-month emergency food deliveries to low-income residents in Lakewood, Rocky River, and Westlake.
Our most recent data indicate that 26% of our served population is comprised of single female heads of households and 28% are seniors aged 60 and older. Deliveries are made to seniors living independently in our three served communities as well as to over 400 seniors in subsidized senior housing in Lakewood and Rocky River. When combined with soaring prices for housing, the extraordinary price increases for food and gasoline are taking a toll on the community’s poorest households, who spend a large share of their income on food and rent. The number of client households receiving food has remained steady at 1,200 per month (2,000+ individuals), but we are now beginning to see an uptick due to the rising food costs and their impact on low-income household budgets.
About the Vincent J. Stark Foundation
The Vincent J. Stark Foundation was established in 2014 at the bequest of Vincent Stark lithographer and painter, a lifelong resident of Northeast Ohio, and a veteran of World War II who participated in the Normandy invasion.
The Foundation supports organizations providing economic and healthcare relief to the poor and disadvantaged and promotes education in the areas of academic achievement, civic improvement, or arts and cultural benefits to Cuyahoga County and surrounding counties. For more information, visit vincentjstarkfoundation.wordpress.com/