County gets $15K in FEMA food, shelter funds


LEE COUNTY – Lee County, Iowa 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. Lee County has been chosen to receive $15,522 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 is charged with distributing funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

United Way of the Great River Region and Community Development Department, City of Keokuk will convene a local board that will determine how the funds awarded to Lee County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.

The 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.

Lee County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously to local food pantries, Community Action Agencies, and emergency shelter programs.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Sue Prochazka at United Way of the Great River Region at 319-524-4504 or for an application. Interested agencies must make contact by February 7, 2020.

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