Emergency food/shelter programs can apply for funds in Jefferson County

Jefferson County has been chosen to receive $12,972 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection was made by a national board 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 USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. A 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 volunteers, will determine how the funds awarded to Jefferson 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 and any additional funds made 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 nonprofits 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, have a voluntary board.

Jefferson County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously to The Lord’s Cupboard and Jefferson County Agency on Aging.

Qualifying agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Jan Fontana, Acting Secretary, EFSP Local Board, c/o The Lord’s Cupboard, 303 N 4th Street, Fairfield, IA 52556, with a letter, stating their eligibility and needs.

The deadline for applications to be received is August 15, 2020. Applicants will be contacted within one month from said date, if they are eligible to receive funds.