McDONOUGH — Local needy families, and the organizations that help support them, will get a leg up in the new year.
Henry County has been chosen to receive $98,241 in federal funds to supplement local emergency food and shelter programs. Last year, the county received $10,997.
The county was awarded the funds through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. Local nonprofit organizations may be eligible to receive part of the allotment, which goes toward expanding the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas.
Susan Crumbley is the community relations coordinator for Connecting Henry Inc., a McDonough-based collaborative arm of the Georgia Family Connection Partnership Inc. The agency is charged with distributing the money to organizations throughout Henry County.
Crumbley said the county was selected by the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board, which consists of representatives from the 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.
The Henry County Emergency Food and Shelter Board chooses nonprofit groups that are private voluntary nonprofit organizations or units of government, are eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter programs and if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.
Crumbley said organizations that qualify for the emergency food and shelter program are urged to apply.
She said that, in previous years, emergency food and shelter funds were awarded to Haven House, A Friend’s House, Helping In His Name Ministries Inc., Feed My People, Stockbridge Assembly of God Food Pantry, Stockbridge Presbyterian Church, Shiloh Baptist Church and Samaritans Together.
The groups provide assistance to needy families year-round and were responsible for providing thousands of meals as well as paying emergency utility bills, rent and shelter.
Crumbley said that any public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must send a letter of request, copy of 501c(3), a list of board members, complete application and Local Recipient Certificate.
Requests should be sent to Connecting Henry Inc., Attention: Susan Crumbley, 66 Veterans Drive, McDonough, Ga. 30253.
Crumbley said grant applications must be received by the close of business Dec. 13. Interviews will be scheduled for Dec. 17 and award recipients will be notified before Dec. 21. For more information, call Crumbley at 770-288-6221.