Local funds assist with emergency food, shelter

A Switzerland County Local Board has been chosen to receive $3,500 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county in Phase 35 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

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A Switzerland County Local Board has been chosen to receive $3,500 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county in Phase 35 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish  Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. The Local 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.

A Local Board made up of representatives from the community will determine how the funds awarded to Switzerland County Local Board are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Karen Snyder. Contact may be made by email at karen.snyder@uwgc.org, (please put EFSP in the subject for an application); mail to: P.O. Box 3465, Lawrenceburg, Indiana, 47025; or call (812) 537-2009.