New Castle News

October 17, 2013

Social agencies can apply for food, shelter funds

Lauren Rearick
New Castle News

NEW CASTLE — Lawrence County has been notified of its allocation for emergency food and shelter programs.

The $37,502 in federal funds is provided by the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. The money is available to qualifying local organizations.

Under the terms of the grant, local organizations chosen to receive funds must:

•Be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government

•Have an accounting system

•Practice nondiscrimination

•Have demonstrated the capability to deliver the emergency food and/or shelter

•If they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

Qualifying organizations are encouraged to apply.

Decisions on how to distribute the funds will be made by a local board that includes representatives from local area agencies including, but not limited to: The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, The United Way, NAACP, Lawrence County Association for the Blind, Lawrence County Assistance Office, Ministerium Social Services, Lawrence County Social Services and the United Jewish Community.

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

Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Kathy Presnar at Lawrence County Social Services, 241 W. Grant St. She can be reached at or (724) 658-7258, extension 1213 for an application packet.

Completed applications must be returned to Lawrence County Social Services on or before Oct. 28.