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Effingham receives food, shelter set-aside funds

POSTED: September 30, 2011 10:29 a.m.

Effingham County has been awarded federal funds under phase 29 of the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program State Set-Aside.

The State Set-Aside has awarded Effingham $5,668 to supplement local emergency food and shelter programs.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be non-profit, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.  Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

Effingham has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with several local agencies participating, including Effingham Victim-Witness Assistance Program, Effingham Department of Family and Children Services, Our Daily Bread, Concerted Services, Inc., and God’s Mission House. Statistics regarding number of meals served, emergency utility assistance, and nights lodging provided under Phase 28 may be obtained by contacting Bonnie Dixon at United Way, 826-5300.

Applications for funding request may be obtained from the United Way-Effingham Service Center, 711 Zitterour Rd., Rincon. Completed applications must be completed and returned by Oct. 13, at 9 a.m.

A local board made up of representatives from other agencies and the Department of Family and Children Services, United Way-Effingham, Effingham Victim-Witness Assistance Program, Effingham County Board of Commissioners, Effingham Family Connection and Communities in School, Effingham Clergy, American Red Cross and local food pantries will determine how the funds awarded to Effingham are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area.  The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way of America which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent.

For further information contact Dixon at 826-5300.

The Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

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