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County receives FEMA grant

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Taylor 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.

The county has been chosen to receive $11,314 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 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 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, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be private nonprofits or units of government, be eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and, if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Taylor County had distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously to Taylor County Food Pantry and Taylor County Crisis Relief Center. These agencies are responsible for providing meals and nights of lodging.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for emergency food and shelter program funds must contact Kathleen Fletcher, local board chair, at 465-6298 to submit requests. The deadline for funding requests is Friday, Oct. 25.