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News County awarded federal funds through Emergency Food & Shelter Program

Macon County has been awarded federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Macon County has been chosen to receive $17,667 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

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 the Salvation Army; American Red Cross; The Jewish Federations of North America; Catholic Charities, U.S.A.; National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A; and United Way Worldwide. The local board is charged with distributing 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 Emergency Services, Senior Services, Department of Social Services, REACH, Sheriff’s Department, CareNet; Manna Food Bank, Habitat For Humanity and Macon Program for Progress will determine how the funds awarded to Macon County 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.

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; 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Macon County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with CareNet participating. This agency provided food assistance for 355 families through this allocation.

Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Jane Kimsey at the Department of Social Services located at 1832 Lakeside Drive, phone number (828) 349-2124. The deadline for applications to be received is 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 14, 2012.

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