Baldwin County receives federal funds for emergency food and shelter programs

Baldwin County has been chosen to receive $3,711 to supplement 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 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, 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 made up of representation for the public sector, representation for private organizations, and a representative for the homeless will determine how the funds awarded to Baldwin 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 made 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 a private voluntary non-profit or unit 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. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Lana Mummah at United Way of Baldwin County, P.O. Box 244, Foley, AL 36536, 251-943-2110 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2021. Community Action Agency of South Alabama is an equal opportunity employer and administers the emergency, food and shelter funds.