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BLOOMINGTON — McLean County will receive $85,384 from the Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) and a local board responsible for distributing the money is accepting applications from qualified organizations.

The program provides supplemental support to more than 12,000 nonprofit and public food banks, shelters, feeding programs and homeless prevention organizations in nearly 2,500 counties nationwide, said United Way of McLean County Community Impact Manager Michael Donnelly.

A national EFSP board divides funds among counties based on calculations for unemployment and poverty rates in each area.  Local boards then distribute the money among organizations providing emergency food and shelter services in that county.

Nationally, the EFSP board is governed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and representatives of other organizations including The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of Churches and United Way Worldwide.

The McLean County EFSP board has representatives of government agencies, information and referral agencies, homeless and faith-based organizations, FEMA affiliates and United Way.

To qualify for funding, organizations must be: private, voluntary and nonprofit or units of government; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and shelter programs; and have a voluntary board.

Organizations interested in applying should call Donnelly at 309-828-7383. Written applications are due 4:30 p.m. Feb. 6.

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Health Reporter

Health reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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