The Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngtown Area Jewish Federation granted $2,500 to the Fairhaven Bulldog Backpack Program and $1,480 to Fairhaven’s Grocery Card Program.
The Backpack program, in an effort to combat childhood hunger, provides meals on weekends and extended breaks during the school year for those students (typical and non-typical) who are eligible for free or reduced lunches. The Fairhaven School provides support and services to one of the most at-risk populations, those with developmental disabilities. The costs associated with care can be staggering. One hundred forty students who receive free or reduced lunch at the Fairhaven School benefit.
The monthly Grocery Card program is the longest-running program in the Fairhaven Foundation’s 23 year history. It provides close to 40 individuals $40 Save-a-Lot cards each month, based on recommendations from their Service and Support Administrators (SSAs). These are among the most in-need individuals they serve, as the costs of care for those with developmental disabilities are often debilitating to a family’s finances.
The Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngtown Area Jewish Federation granted $2,500 to the Fairhaven Bulldog Backpack Program. Pictured from left are Edward Stark, superintendent, Trumbull County Board of Developmental Disabilities; Lisa Long, Federation financial resource development director; Andrew Lipkin, Federation CEO; Ryan McNaughton, TCBDD director of community relations development & resource development; and Lindsey Ison, cafeteria supervisor, Fairhaven School.