BIG STONE GAP — Wise County will receive $15,564 from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area.
A local board made up of civic leaders, service providers and clergy will determine how the money will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs operated by service organizations in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending recipient organizations and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the federal grant, local government or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive the funds must be nonprofit, have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the ability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and if a private voluntary organization, must have a voluntary oversight board.
Qualifying organizations are urged to apply. Wise County has distributed these funds previously with Mountain Empire Older Citizens Inc., The Advocacy Center, Appalachian Family Ministries, Family Crisis Support Services, the Wise County Food Bank, East Stone Gap Baptist Food Bank, and the Food Bank of St. Paul.
The selection of Wise County to receive the latest grant was made by a national board consisting of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches of Christ, and United Way of America. The national board will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent.
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 of the country.
For more information on the program, or to submit a request for a share of the Wise County grant, contact E. Dennis Horton, Mountain Empire Older Citizens Inc., at (276) 523-4202 or in writing by Nov. 5 to P.O. Box 888, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219.