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Yamhill County was recently awarded more than $46,750 in federal funds that will be available under the federal Phase 36 Emergency Food & Shelter Program

Yamhill County was recently awarded more than $46,750 in federal funds that will be available under the federal Phase 36 Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP), which are distributed through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

A local board will be responsible for distributing the funds in Yamhill County in an effort to "expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country," a release from FEMA said, adding "The Yamhill County Local Board will determine how the funds awarded are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area."

The grant requires that agencies be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and, if they are a private organization, must have a voluntary board.

The previous rendition of the awards helped a number of Yamhill County shelter agencies, including Helping Hands and Gospel Rescue Mission, as well as food agencies like Yamhill Community Action Partnership. All told, the previous grants allowed the organizations to provide 1,136 nights of shelter and 8,021 emergency meals.

Nonprofit agencies and public organizations interested in applying for EFSP funds should call Alexandra Hendgen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application. The deadline is 5 p.m. Wednesday (July 31).


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