Emergency Food & Shelter Funds Available

 

CALVERT COUNTY HAS BEEN AWARDED FEDERAL FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM.

Calvert County has been chosen to receive $8,354 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 representatives from local government, churches, and nonprofit agencies, including United Way of Calvert County, will determine how the funds awarded to Calvert County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies 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 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.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Calvert County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Calvert Meals on Wheels, St. Anthony’s Ladies of Charity, Project Echo Homeless Shelter, Calvert Churches Community Food Pantry, Chesapeake Cares Food Pantry, Community Ministry of Calvert County, and United Way of Calvert County participating. 

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Anjelica Eitel, Director of Community Impact at United Way of Calvert County for an application by calling (410) 535-2000 or emailing impact@unitedwaycalvert.org.  The deadline for applications to be received is Friday, December 8, 2017 at 5:00 pm to the United Way House at P.O. Box 560, 530 Main Street, Prince Frederick, MD 20678.

 

 

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