Clay County has been awarded $9,763 in Federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. The money is to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities, U.S.A., National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and United Way of America.
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 of the country.
A local board will determine how the funds awarded to Clay County are distributed. It will be 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:
- Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government
- Have an accounting system
- Practice non-discrimination
- Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
- If they are are private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.
Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
Clay County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with Clay County Emergency Food Pantry, Southern Clay County Emergency Food Pantry, Senior Center Cupboard and Closet and Clay County Benevolence Ministry participating. These agencies were responsible for providing meals and payment of delinquent bills.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Sandi Goebel, 448-1394 or 443-0025 for an application., The deadline for applications to be received is Thursday.