The Lorain County Council of Commissioners has reached an agreement with the Lorain County Boys and Girls Clubs to provide a clothing, shoe and jacket program for low-income children.
The $ 2.1 million contract with Lorain County Job and Family Services comes after a legal analysis by the Lorain County Attorney’s Office rejecting a second offer for Premium Imports of Passaic, New Jersey.
The program helps thousands of young people in Lorain County, and Northeast Ohio Boys and Girls Club officials said the organization is proud to be able to continue to meet the needs of children.
â€œChildren are at the heart of everything we do, and we are grateful to the County Commissioners and the Department of Employment and Family Services for once again choosing to partner with us in helping families. who send their children back to school, â€said Mike Conibear, BGCNEO Regional Director for Lorain County. â€œLast year, nearly 3,200 children received clothes through this program. As this is the sixth year that we’ve been doing this, our staff know what it takes to make the cast a success – and what it means for families. “
Conibear added that clothing gifts are another tool to help connect children and families to the services and programs they offer in the community.
According to documents, the county determined that the Premium Imports offer of $ 1.1 million was insufficient due to serving only 3,181 children as well as a policy that does not allow for an effective exchange or return.
The item was tabled at the July 28 meeting for further study, before the board of directors unanimously approved the Lorain County Boys and Girls Clubs, which have been running the program for several years, distributing school uniforms, backpacks, shoes and more in Lorain. county students.
Commissioners Michelle Hung and Matt Lundy both indicated that the analysis carried out showed that the Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County had offered the higher offer for the program, serving up to 4,500 children.
â€œThe Boys & Girls Clubs have a proven track record in the county and they’re local, and they’ve always been great partners with us,â€ said Hung.