Geary County has been chosen to receive $13,137 to supplement local emergency food and shelter programs. 

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 national board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A local board consisting of a Geary County commissioner, representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, Jewish Congregation of Manhattan, Salvation Army, United Way and others will determine how the funds awarded to Geary 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 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 be private voluntary non-profits or units of government; be eligible to receive Federal funds; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and, if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Geary County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with the Food Pantry, Junction City Caring Place and Open Door participating. These agencies were responsible for providing food and lodging.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds can contact Nichole Mader — local board chair at United Way — at director@unitedwayjcgc.org, or by calling 785-238-2117 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Friday, July 26.

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