Emergency food, shelter program available

MIAMI COUNTY — Miami County has been chosen to receive $103,258 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. These funds have been made available through the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) and are to be used to expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high need areas around the country.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system in place, 4) practice non-discrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Sean Ford, P.O. Box 36, Troy, OH 45373 or call (937) 335-8410 or email sean@unitedwaymco.org for an application. In keeping with the emergency nature of the funding, the deadline for requesting an application is May 27, 2020. The deadline for application submission is noon June 3 in the United Way of Miami County office at 116 W. Franklin St., Troy.

A local board, made up of representatives from the county commissioners, the United Way, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, among others, will determine how the funds awarded to Miami County will 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 made available through EFSP.