Cumberland County has been awarded $145,937 under the federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program to help supplement and expand local emergency food and shelter programs.
Recipient organizations use the money for mass shelter and feeding, food distribution through food pantries, food banks and food vouchers; utility payments to prevent service disconnections, rent and mortgage assistance to prevent evictions and to assist people who are leaving shelters with establishing stable living conditions.
The recipient programs and amounts awarded are Action Pathways Second Harvest Food Bank weekend back pack feeding program, $13,808; Catholic Charities of the Raleigh Diocese emergency food assistance program, $13,808; Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network, emergency shelter and meals for the homeless, $42,730.
Also, Operation Blessings of Fayetteville rent and mortgage assistance program, $7,000; The Salvation Army emergency shelter for families and single women and community feeding program, $56,041; United Way of Cumberland County, emergency food and shelter program, $2,919; and Veterans Empowering Veterans community feeding and emergency food assistance programs and emergency shelter for homeless men, $9,631.
Residents in need of assistance should contact the appropriate agency directly.
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program is administered by the U.S Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. It supports local efforts to help people who are hungry, homeless and in economic crisis.
The program's national board has designated United Way of Cumberland County to serve as the administrator of the local board, which consists of several local agencies.
Staff writer Rodger Mullen can be reached at email@example.com or 910-486-3561.