Sampson receives grant to supplement emergency food, shelter programs

November 17, 2013

Sampson County has been awarded $28,898 in federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food & Shelter National Board Program. The money will be used to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Sampson County.

This 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 American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U. S. A.; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. Our local board will be charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the county.

The local board has representatives from the City of Clinton, the county of Sampson, the United Way of Sampson Co., The Salvation Army, the Catholic Church, American Red Cross, Department of Social Services, Coharie Indian Tribe, a local physician, dentist, banker and local churches. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds under this 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 organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Sampson County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with The Sampson Crisis Center; U Care Domestic Violence Shelter; First Baptist Church, 900 College Street Food Pantry; Rock Ministry, Inc. (Garland); Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church Food Pantry, and Mr. Window Soup Kitchen. Last year in Sampson County there was $29,118.00 in funds distributed under this program.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Bill Scott c/o First Citizens Bank, 200 Fayetteville Street, Clinton NC 28328; phone 910- 590-5353 for an application. The deadline for applications is Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.