United Way of Aiken County has been allocated roughly $65,500 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area, and applications are currently being accepted for funding.

Aiken County was awarded the federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The selection was made by a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consisted of representatives from agencies like the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA and the Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, among others.

The board was charged with distributing the funds appropriated by Congress to expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-needed areas.

Last year, Aiken County was allocated approximately $61,000.

“It is very helpful to agencies to have this additional FEMA money,” said Candis Moyer, resource development director of the United Way of Aiken County.

A local board of community representatives will determine how the money is to be distributed among programs run by local organizations. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

Applications are available at the United Way office, 235 Barnwell Ave. N.W. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Qualifying organizations must be nonprofit, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver food and/or shelter programs and have a voluntary board.

Applications are due by Dec. 10. For more information, call Sharon Rodgers at 648-8331.