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McCreary awarded funding for emergency food and shelter


McCreary County has been chosen to receive $10,114 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA, the Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and the United Way of America. 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.

McCreary County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with the McCreary Christian Care Center, Inc. in Whitley City and integrated Ministries of Rattlesnake Ridge participating. These agencies were responsible for providing an estimated 74,260 meals.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, have an accounting system, practice non-discrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and or shelter programs and have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for the Emergency Food and Shelter funds must contact Dr. M.A. Winchester at the McCreary Christian Care Center, or call Sue Singleton at (606) 376-8742 for an application. The application is a new requirement of this program. The deadline for applications to be received is March 11, 2015.

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