Worth County to Receive Emergency Food and Shelter Funds

Worth County will receive $9,702 in Federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.  These funds have been awarded to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Worth 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 the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. 

A local board made up of Worth County residents will determine how the funds 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:  be private voluntary non-profits or units of government; be eligible to receive Federal funds; 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.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.  Note that application for this funding must be from organizations, not individuals. 

In previous years, the Worth County Emergency Food and Shelter Program local board has distributed funds to such agencies as SOWEGA Council on Aging, Meals on Wheels; Southwest Georgia Community Action Council; The Salvation Army; Family Visions Outreach; Fishes and Loaves; and Second Harvest of South Georgia.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds should go to the website of the United Way of Southwest Georgia; complete the appropriate application for funding; and return the application to the United Way of Southwest Georgia by the close of business (5:00 p.m.) on December 2, 2013.  The United Way website is at www.unitedwayswga.org.  Agencies may also contact the Emergency Food and Shelter Program coordinator at the United Way of Southwest Georgia, (229) 883-6700 extension 29, if additional information is required or to have an application packet mailed or e-mailed.