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County Awarded Fed Funding

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Klickitat County has been chosen to receive $15,224 in federal funds to supplement food and shelter programs in the county.

The grant award to Klickitat County comes from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, Linda Schneider, executive director of Washington Gorge Action Programs (WGAP) in Bingen, announced last week.

The funds, she noted, were "appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas of the country."

At the local level, a board made up of representatives from the county, local churches, the United Way, the American Red Cross and the homeless will determine how the funds awarded to Klickitat County will be distributed among the food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.

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

Public and private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds can contact Schneider at the WGAP office, 1250 E. Steuben, or by phone, 493-3954 or (800) 755-1192, for an application.

Qualifying voluntary agencies include private non-profits or units of government that have an accounting system and have demonstrated a capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs. Moreover, if the applicant agency is a private organization, it must have a volunteer board of directors.

Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously received by Klickitat County have been allocated to local food banks and shelter programs, Schneider pointed out.

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