Wright County Emergency Food and Shelter Program Awarded Federal Funds

The Wright County Emer- gency Food & Shelter Program has been chosen to receive $8,504 to supplement emer- gency food and shelter pro- grams in the county.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Depart- ment of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Manage- ment 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 World- wide. The Local Board was charged to distribute funds ap- propriated 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 from Wright County Veterans Services, Wright County Board of Com- missioners, United Way, Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Min- isterial Association, Love Inc. Big Woods, and a Homeless representative, will determine how the funds awarded to The Wright County Emergency Food & Shelter Program are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter pro- grams run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for rec- ommending agencies to re- ceive these funds and any additional funds made avail- able 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 vol- untary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds,

3) have an accounting sys- tem, 4) practice nondiscrimina- tion, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emer- gency food and/or shelter pro- grams, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Quali- fying agencies are urged to apply.

The Wright County Emer- gency Food & Shelter Program has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previ- ously with the Monticello Food Shelf, and Wright County

Community Action Food Shelf. These agencies were responsi- ble for providing 4,253 meals.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shel- ter Program funds must contact the Human Resources General- ist/Planner| at Wright County Community Action, PO Box 787, Maple Lake, MN 55358, phone number (320) 963-6500 Ext 225 for an application or more information. The dead- line for applications to be re- ceived is July 16, 2018

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