San Benito County has been chosen to receive $34,320 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the County.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities and, United Way of America.  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 will determine how the funds awarded to San Benito are to be distributed among emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.  The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

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 non-discrimination, 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.

San Benito County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with San Benito County Health and Human Services Agency, Community Food Bank of SBC, The Homeless Task Force – Winter Shelter Program, Chamberlains Children’s Center and Jovenes de Antano participating.  These agencies were responsible for providing food, meals and nights of lodging.

Public or private agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funds must contact Mary Anne Hughes, Local Board Member, at the Community Food Bank Office, 1133 San Felipe Road, Hollister, CA 95023, or call (831) 902-0025 or email  maryanne51@charter.net.   The deadline for applications to be received is November 15th, 2013.

Click here to download EFSP Fund Application Phase 31.

Community Food Bank’s mission is to provide food, nutritional education and advocacy for our neighbors in need within San Benito County.


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