Times News: United Way helping distribute money for food, shelter programs

KINGSPORT - Sullivan County has been chosen to receive $53,170 in Phase 41 funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The county was awarded federal funds through the Department of Homeland Security /Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Sullivan County has been chosen to receive $53,170 in Phase 41 funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The United Way of Greater Kingsport is now asking for applications to help distribute the funding for the program.

According to a press release, the selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s FEMA 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.

A local board will determine how the funds awarded to Sullivan County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area, the release stated.

The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, 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 non-discrimination
  • Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and
  • If a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Sullivan County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Meals on Wheels of Kingsport, Waverly Road Presbyterian Church Food Pantry, Salvation Army-Bristol, Salvation Army-Kingsport, UETHDA, Family Promise of Greater Kingsport and Second Harvest Food Bank.

These agencies were responsible for providing meals, lodging and utility assistance.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Becca Sutphen by phone at (423) 378-3409 ext. 13 or by email at bsutphen@uwaykpt.org for an application.

Completed applications must be submitted by 4:30pm on Monday, April 8, 2024 to the United Way of Greater Kingsport, 301 Louis Street, Suite 201, Kingsport, TN 37660.


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