DeKALB – Eviction prevention programs, food pantries and homeless and domestic violence shelters are among the areas of need that are being addressed by grants awarded through the DeKalb County Local Board for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.
Fourteen program awards were approved for nine agencies at the May 27 meeting of the board, providing $107,415 in federal funding to DeKalb County nonprofit programs in the coming year. Each project met criteria under one of six grant categories: rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, mass shelter, served meals, food pantries and administration.
Kishwaukee United Way serves as the convener of the local board, which is comprised of nine volunteers dedicated to reviewing applications and recommending funding allocations to eligible organizations, as specified under the national board guidelines.
The local board was notified in May that it received $44,282 to distribute for Phase 3 funding, and an additional $63,133 in response to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. Grantees include:
DeKalb County Community Gardens, $2,000
Kirkland Food Pantry, $500
N.I.C.E. Food Pantry, $2,000
Voluntary Action Center, $10,000
Our Sharing Pantry, $750
Salvation Army, $7,000
Family Service Agency, $1,500
Hope Haven, $28,000
Safe Passage, $10,000
Salvation Army, $20,508
Family Service Agency, $23,008
Kishwaukee United Way, $2,149
Created in 1983, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds are made available through the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, and led by United Way Worldwide.
For information, visit its website at www.efsp.unitedway.org.
Source: The Daily Chronicle