County awarded Federal food and shelter funds

Blount County has been chosen to receive $86,056 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection 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 The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; and, United Way of America. 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 the County Mayor, United Way of Blount County, American Red Cross, Blount County Community Action Agency, Good Neighbors, Haven House, Catholic Social Services, Jewish Federation of Knoxville and other community volunteers will determine how the funds awarded to Blount County are to be distributed.

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 be private of voluntary non-profits or units of government; have an accounting system; 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.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must pick up an application packet from the United Way of Blount County office, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. The deadline for applications to be received is 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27. The applications can be mailed or delivered to Attn: Emergency Food and Shelter Grant, c/o United Way of Blount County, 1615 E. Broadway, Maryville, TN 37804.

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