Bee County has been awarded Federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
Bee County has been chosen to receive $9,378 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area.
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 the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; The Jewish Federations of North America; and United Way Worldwide. 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 comprised of members representing Bee County government, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Ministerial Alliance, United Way and other local citizens and service organizations will determine how the funds awarded to Bee County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations 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: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits 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 a private, voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
Bee County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with the Bee Community Action Agency participating. This agency was responsible for providing 8,291 meals.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program must submit an application for funding by Monday, November 4, 2013 at 9 a.m. To obtain an application for funding, contact the Bee Community Action Agency Executive Director, at 361-358-5530.