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Board awards area agencies $107,415 in Emergency Food and Shelter funds

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

Financial Assistance

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.

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Source: The Daily Chronicle

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