Bay County agencies are invited to apply for emergency food and shelter program funding

Bay County agencies that help people with emergency food and shelter are invited to apply for $52,000 in federal funds.

Under the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program, Bay County was awarded $52,297. Non-profit, faith-based, and local government agencies that provide food and shelter serves are eligible for the program.

Agencies can apply for the money online before 4 p.m. Thurs., Feb. 23. 

In the past agencies including the Bay County Emergency Food Pantry Network, Safe Harbor Pantry, Salvation Army, Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, Bay Area Women’s Center, and Hidden Harvest have received money from the program.

“This funding is critical to our human service organizations, especially this year when prices have gone up for all basic needs,” says Nicole Luczak, President & CEO at United Way of Bay County.

“We anticipate an increase in the number of requests we see in all areas this winter including food, utilities, and rent/mortgage. This funding will help assist more families and will enable us to provide additional resources to Bay County residents.”

A local board – comprised of representatives from Bay County, Bay City, United Way, Good Samaritan Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul, and the Human Services Collaborative Council  – meets in March to evaluate applications and make awards under this program.

Under terms of the grant, recipient agencies chosen must be private voluntary non-profits or units of government; eligible to receive federal funds; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have capability to deliver emergency food or shelter assistance; and, if a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

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