Emergency food and shelter funds available through United Way 1

United Way

Aiken County has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program through the United Way of Aiken County.

Aiken County has been chosen to receive $62,321 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area.

The National Board, which is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency, made the selection.

The board consists of representatives from The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way of America, which will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent.

The 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 representatives of the community, will determine how the funds awarded to Aiken County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs 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 governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be nonprofit, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination and 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs. In addition, a private voluntary organization must have a voluntary board.

Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

Any qualifying organization wishing to apply for funding through this program can pick up an application at the United Way of Aiken office at 235 Barnwell Ave. N.W. in Aiken.

The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Applications are due back to the United Way by Monday, July 1.

For more information, call the United Way of Aiken County at 803-648-8331.