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Emergency Food And Shelter funds awarded

McCreary County has been chosen to receive $6,775.00 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, and National Council of the 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.

The Local Board made up of leaders of local government, local leaders of churches and charitable organizations will determine how the funds that are awarded to McCreary County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.

Under the terms of the grant from National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

McCreary County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with The McCreary Christian Center, Inc. in Whitley City and Integrated Ministries of Rattle Snake Ridge participating.  These agencies were responsible for providing an estimated 74,260 meals.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Dr. M.A. Winchester at the McCreary Christian 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 July 12, 2016.

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