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Richmond County awarded nearly $70K for emergency food program


ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security-Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and  Shelter National Board Program. 

Richmond County has been chosen to receive $17,094 for Phase 39 and $52,832 for Phase ARPA-R for supplementing emergency food and shelter programs in the 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: the 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 the 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 will determine how the funds awarded to Richmond County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the county.  The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under the 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 of directors. 

Qualifying agencies  are urged to apply. 

Richmond County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds previously to Our Daily Bread, Helping Hands of Hamlet–BackPack Pals; Richmond County Aging  Services, New Horizons Life and Family Services, Samaritan Colony and The Salvation  Army.  

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds should contact Michelle Parrish at 910-997-2173 for an application or email michelleparrish@bellsouth.net.  

The deadline for completed applications is Tuesday, Feb. 22, by 10 a.m. No late  applications accepted. 

(Note: The headline was changed to included both amounts of funding.)


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