County awarded federal funds for an emergency program

Winston County has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Winston County has been chosen to receive $9,619 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 consist of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of 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 the 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 Alderman Judy McLeod, Evangelist Essie Jackson and others will determine how the funds awarded to Winston County are distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by the local services agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these 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 unit 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 private voluntary organizations. They must a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Winston County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Winston County participating. These agencies were responsible for providing meals and night lodging.

Public and private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs funds must contact Evangelist Essie Jackson 662-736-3500 or Judy McLeod 662-803-9227, for an application. The deadline for an application is November 4, 2013 at City Hall by 9:30 a.m.