PENINSULA - Peninsula F.I.S.H. Emergency Service has been chosen to receive $8,245 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. These funds have been made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).

A National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross made the selection.

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

A local board made up of county commissioners, Peninsula Christian Council, Chinook Tribe, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, Ministerial Assoc. of Raymond, Coastal CAP, Crisis Support Network, St. Vincent dePaul, ReachOut Ministries, et al, will determine how funds awarded to Peninsula F.I.S.H. Emergency Service are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs ran by local service agencies in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds made available through the ARRA.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Peninsula F.I.S.H. Emergency Service has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with His Supper Table, Kids Club, Community Table, Ilwaco Food Bank (St. Vincent de Paul), ReachOut Food Bank, Chinook Indian Tribe Food Bank, Willapa Harbor Food Bank, utilities assistance and rental assistance. These agencies were responsible for providing 3,600 meals and 217 nights of lodging.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for ARRA Emergency Food and shelter Program funds must contact local board staff member Edith Shire, P.O. Box 633, Long Beach, WA 98631 or call 642-2831 or fax 642-3116 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Monday, June 1.

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