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SCHUYLER COUNTY—The Schuyler County Emergency Food and Shelter Board has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
Schuyler County was chosen to receive $2,800 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county through the State Set Aside Reward. This award was the same amount Schuyler County received last year.
The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the DHS’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 Jewish federation of North America, the Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide. The local board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.
A meeting will be held Tuesday, March 4 at 8 a.m. in the Watkins Glen Presbyterian Meeting Room, Sixth Street in Watkins Glen. Any person interested in serving on the Emergency Food and Shelter Board is welcome to attend. The local board will determine how the funds awarded to Schuyler County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies. the local 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 meet the following criteria and submit an application form: 1) be private voluntary, non-profits 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, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are encouraged to apply.
Call 607-742-6761 to request an application form. All applications must be submitted by March 3. Mail the completed applications to PO Box 328, Montour Falls, NY 14865. the board will be finalizing the allocation process and completing all paperwork at the Tuesday, March 4 meeting.





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