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Claims made by ORCCA executive director Mike Lehman and published in The World newspaper are false. The agency which manages several different aid programs that include the region’s Food Bank has admitted the SCFS (South Coast Food Share) is operating with a six figure deficit. Budget documents provided to MGx show that SCFS will have a combined two year deficit of -$408K by the June of 2014 but Lehman claims the deficit is -$120K but it is not clear which fiscal year he is describing.
For more details read here
Lehman told the paper ORCCA’s new development director, Deborah Ross, had applied for fifteen grants since she began work on July 15 of this year but excel spreadsheets provided to the board of directors at last month’s meeting entitled “Board Grant Report – Cumulative” prove Lehman misrepresented the number of applications. According to the schedule, no grants for SCFS have been applied for since May 30 and no grants have been awarded since last year. Even worse, a large number of grants have been denied including a critical $150K request to Feeding America that SCFS relies upon every year.
The agency hasn’t even made fifteen grant requests across all programs in the last six months much less the last six weeks. Lehman lied but will the paper investigate and report the facts or just keeping repeating unsubstantiated claims? This afternoon I forwarded a copy of the grant report and asked the paper if they would investigate and report on the discrepancy. Will let you know what I hear.
Read the ORCCA report Board Grant Report – Cumulative.xlsx