County awarded federal funds for an emergency program

From press reports

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

Winton County has been chosen to receive $10,838 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 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 b 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, Essie Jackson & others will determine how the funds awarded to Winston 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 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) 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 organization, they must have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Winston County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Winston participating. These agencies were 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 Essie Jackson, 522 East Sinai Rd., (662) 736-3500, or Judy McLeod, (662) 803-9227, for an application. The deadline for applications to received is August 30, 2012 at City Hall, 9:30 a.m.