FEMA emergency food, shelter funds awarded to county

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded Anoka County $20,732 under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP), according to a statement released by the Anoka County FEMA Board Chairperson Patrick McFarland.

“These funds are allocated by a formula based on unemployment and poverty related statistics,” McFarland said.

“They must be used to provide grants to local nonprofit organizations and units of government who provide emergency food and shelter services to low income residents of Anoka County or to homeless individuals and families seeking services in the county.”

Last year Anoka County received $16,201 under this program, according to McFarland.

“Due to limited funding, our local board decided only to fund food shelves serving Anoka County and we encourage them to apply for these funds.” McFarland said.

“The decision to fund or not to fund an organization or program, which meets FEMA guidelines, rests with the local FEMA Board.”

Local organizations should send a letter of interest postmarked no later than Thursday, Jan. 7, including a brief description of amounts requested and uses of funds, to Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, c/o Anoka County Community Action Program, Inc., 1201 89th Ave. N.E., Suite 345, Blaine, MN 55434.

Further information may be obtained by contacting McFarland at 763-783-4728.

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