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Coffee County awarded $23K in emergency food grants

Posted on Wednesday, December 26, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Coffee County has been awarded federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security for the local Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) under Phase 30 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

Coffee County has been awarded $23,011 specifically to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs.

The award amount is based on this jurisdiction’s total number of unemployed as compared to the total number of unemployed in all qualifying jurisdictions.

A local board, made up of representatives from county and city municipalities, United Way, and helping agencies, will determine how the funds awarded to Coffee County are to 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 and any additional funds 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 program, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.  Two significant new requirements for Phase 30 are: agencies are required to provide a DUNS number and valid e-mail addresses for representatives of the applying agency. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary eligible agencies as detailed in above paragraph interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Mona Mason, co-chair, for an application and required attachments at 931-723-6408 or at