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Moore County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Moore County will receive two awards: one under Phase 37 at $34,209 and the other award of $48,772 under the CARES Act.

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 The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; The Jewish Federations of North America; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; and United Way Worldwide.

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

Representatives from the United Way of Moore County, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Moore County Government, the local Food Bank, Friend to Friend, the Sandhills Coalition for Human Care, Catholic Charities and others will determine how the funds awarded to Moore County are to be distributed. Administered by the local United Way, the funds will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the county.

The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact the United Way of Moore County at 780 NW Broad Street, Suite 110 in Southern Pines or by calling (910) 692-2413 for an application.

The deadline for applications to be returned to the United Way office is 12 p.m noon, Wednesday, June 10. Absolutely no applications will be accepted after the deadline.

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