United Way to distribute emergency food and shelter program funds

(ABC 6 News) – Freeborn County County has been chosen to receive $27,624 in federal funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area.

The award includes $6,547 for Phase 39 and an appropriation of $21,077 under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

The selection was made through the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).

Based on 12-month (December-November) unemployment rates, EFSP provides relief to individuals and families who are experiencing hunger, homelessness, and economic crisis. United Way of Freeborn County, the local administrator of EFSP funds, brings together a board comprised of representatives from organizations that are concerned with the hungry and homeless.

The board is responsible to determine allocations. Funds are distributed to human service agencies to supplement food services, shelter, utility assistance, and related supplies, including diapers, feminine hygiene products, cleaning solutions, and repackaging supplies.

Local organizations 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.

Agencies interested in receiving a portion of funding should complete and submit an application here.

The deadline to apply is Monday, April 25th at noon.