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October 17, 2013

County awarded emergency food and shelter grant

Corsicana — Navarro County Has Been Awarded Federal Funding Under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. The county has been chosen to receive $17,709 to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The award was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; The Salvation Army; The Jewish Federations of North America; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of The Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; and United Way. 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 made up of representatives of county government, United Way, The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Ministerial Alliance, Catholic Charities, Jewish Community Member, Community Services, a Homeless Advocate, Navarro County Food Pantry and other community members will determine how the funds awarded to Navarro 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 available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must; 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

In past years, Navarro County jurisdiction has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds to The Salvation Army and Navarro County Food Pantry. These agencies have provided food, meals and shelter in emergency situations, but they do not currently have any funds available under this grant.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Marianne Mitchell, United Way of Navarro County, 115 N. Main Street, Corsicana, Texas  75110, or call (903) 874-5253 for an application. The deadline for applying is Oct. 28.

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