JEFFERSON — Jefferson County has been awarded $13,782 in Federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security /Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program and $23,977 to Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

A local board co-chaired by Jill Johnson, economic support manager, and Angela Swinehart, Salvation Army of Jefferson County field representative, are charged to distribute the funds appropriated by Congress to help supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The 2020 award approved on May 21 by the Wisconsin Emergency Food and Shelter Program State Set-Aside Committee, is based on the total number of unemployed and people in poverty in the county as compared to other jurisdictions.

The local Jefferson County Emergency Food and Shelter (EFSP) Board will distribute funds to qualifying agencies that apply for funding for services provided in 2020.

Under the terms of the federal grant, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary non-profits or units of government; be eligible to receive Federal funds; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and if they are a private voluntary organization they must have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

The Jefferson County EFSP Board will determine how the funds awarded to Jefferson County will be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area for services provided in 2020.

The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds.

The 2020 EFSP funding award 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 American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and, United Way Worldwide.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds and/or CARES Act funds should contact Swinehart with The Salvation Army at 920-980-7938 by June 8.

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