Crawford County has been chosen to receive $8,452 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
The selection was made by a national board 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 will determine how the funds awarded to Crawford County 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 be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, be eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter programs and, if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
Crawford County distributed $4,472 of Emergency Food and Shelter funds last year to Stopping Women Abuse Now (SWAN), Catholic Charities and Palestine Food Pantry.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact local board chairman Joe Bliss at 569-3150 or 562-0871, or local board secretary Terry Shaffer at the Crawford County Health Department at 544-8798 for an application. The deadline for applications is Dec. 10.