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Emergency Food Funds Available

Machias -

MACHIAS, Maine — The Washington County Emergency Food & Shelter Board announces that Washington County has been chosen to receive $14,582.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area. A meeting will be held to allocate these funds at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 29, at the Centre Street Congregational Church in Machias.

The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities, USA, National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, and the United Way of America, which will provide the administration staff and function as fiscal agent. The 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 Washington County are to be divided 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 governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must: be non-profit; have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

Washington County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with the following agencies participating: Salvation Army, Centre Street Congo Food Pantry; Whiting Food Pantry; Topsfield Food Pantry; Labor of Love Food Pantry; St. Anne’s Food Pantry; Jonesport Food Pantry; Woodland Community Food Pantry, Passamaquoddy Food Pantry, Next Step.

Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting Eleanor West at the Washington Hancock Community Agency at 664-2424, Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

For More Information:

Contact Name: Eleanor West

Telephone Number: (207)664-2424

Website: http://www.whcacap.org

Email: ewest@whcacap.org