The Standard Journal

County receives federal funds for local food and shelter programs

- From staff reports

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

Polk County has been allocated to receive $11,493.00 for Phase 40 funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the US 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 Polk County are to be distribute­d among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the county. The local board is responsibl­e for recommendi­ng agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds received under these phases of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must 1) be private voluntary nonprofits 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 private voluntary organizati­on, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are encouraged to apply.

Agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter program funds must contact the local board chair, Donna Grogan, at 770-748-1215 or at cedartownu­ for an applicatio­n and informatio­n about the process to apply. The deadline for applicatio­ns to be received is February 22, 2023.

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