Trinity Lakewood Community Outreach continued to offer hunger relief in Lakewood and was supported by our congregation. Anyone needing food was welcome to our meals and to the pantry. TLCO served four meals a month and offered a non-zip code specific pantry twice a month:
Meals: 1st Monday of the month, 6pm
1st Saturday of the month, 12 noon
2nd Sunday of the month, 4pm
3rd Saturday of the month, 12 noon
Pantry: 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, 8:30am-Noon
Produce distributions: 3rd Saturday (May-Nov), 10am-Noon
We keep no information of our meal guests...no names, addresses, etc. Anyone is welcome at the meals. There are no income requirements or eligibility.
Pantry guests self declare as low income. The Greater Cleveland Food Bank has trained our volunteers on how to keep guest records online in PantryTrak.
All food for the pantry is ordered from the Greater Cleveland Food Bank with the exception generous donations from the community.
Food for the meals was ordered from GCFB. Kitchen extras (seasonings, oil, dish & hand detergent, etc.) were purchased with TLCO general funds. Lisa Sierk and Paige Robar wrote several grants to the Rock River/Lakewood Rotary Club, Hathaway Brown Grow Foundation (for the purchase of feminine care products), the Lakewood Women’s Club, and the ELCA.
TLCO had a small part of the gathering of school supplies and collaborated with Supplies 4 Success to assist Lakewood students.
A total of 70,000 pounds of produce was distributed this year through our Produce Giveaways. Record keeping was also moved online to PantryTrak.
TLCO has an up to date Facebook page, a new website tlcolakewood.org, and a monthly e-newsletter.
Our annual fundraiser, All You Need is Love and Food will be held at Vosh on April 29th.
We are thankful for Trish LeFlore for her volunteer leadership of the pantry, Karen Watson for office/computer skills for the pantry, John Henry Salters & Tom Sear for preparing meals, Jason Weiner for “All You Need is Love and Food” leadership, and Lisa Sierk for grant writing.