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United Way to oversee FEMA food, shelter funds

St. Landry-Evangeline United Way will oversee distribution of $34,736 in federal funds made available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
The Phase 38 funds are to be used by eligible local service agencies to supplement and expand the capacity of existing emergency food and shelter programs in St. Landry Parish.
Funds are not to be used for creating new programs.
Under the terms of the grant from the national EFSP board, local agencies selected 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, have a volunteer board.
Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
According to Ginger LeCompte, executive director of the St. Landry-Evangeline United Way, “This program has made a substantial contribution to our local shelters and food banks over the years. It is especially needed now, during a pandemic when so many people are struggling.”
Eligible organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds should contact St. Landry-Evangeline United Way at 337-942-7815 for more information. Preliminary applications can be downloaded from the St. Landry-Evangeline United Way website www.uwsle.org/emergency-food-and-shelter-program. The deadline for applications is Jan. 22. For more information, email dcomeaux@uwsle.org.

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