Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Funds Awarded to Montgomery County


County Non-profits Providing Mass Shelter and Food to County Residents Encouraged to Apply by March 16th, 2015 Application Deadline

Kulpsville, PA – March 4, 2015 - The North Penn United Way has been notified by the National Board of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) that their Montgomery jurisdiction has been awarded the amount of $339,795 to be used to supplement current and existing non-profit emergency programs within Montgomery County, PA.  This funding will be allocated to applicants who are capable of providing mass shelter to homeless individuals and families, and to food pantries who incur, or have incurred, costs for food purchases and diapers only. 

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:  1) Be a private voluntary non-profit or unit of government, 2) have a DUNS number, an accounting system, and an annual audit performed by an outside auditor, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply. 

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 4:00 PM, March 16th, 2015.

Agencies who feel they qualify will find additional information pertaining to requirements and the application process below and on the NPUW Website.  Those who wish to apply may access the application forms and instructions via the North Penn United Way Website at www.npuw.org, under the “Resources” tab. Complete the application and send by US Mail, to North Penn United Way, PO Box 1345, Kulpsville, PA, or deliver to our office at 1715 Sumneytown Pike, Suite 203, Kulpsville, PA, 19443.  Please do not submit your application electronically. If you have any questions contact Kristin Brisbon of the North Penn United Way by calling (215) 855-3002, Mon-Fri, between 9:00 and 4:00, or email k.brisbon@npuw.org.

The spending period for both Mass Shelter and Food Pantry food is from April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2015.  Food Pantries must be able to provide itemized proof of purchase of qualified items, as well as copies of the method of payment that reflect their purchases within this period. No cash purchases are reimbursable.  NOTE:  Gift Cards, food vouchers and gift certificates are eligible for reimbursement only if they can be marked/encoded “Food Only” or “Food & Diapers Only”, and if an agreement with the vendor is made that only these items are allowed for purchase, and that NO cash can be returned to clients.

The North Penn United Way convenes a Local EFSP Board made up of several representatives from the community and the County.  These Local Board members are responsible for selecting appropriate categories and applicants to receive funding under this program and determine how the funds awarded to Montgomery County are to be distributed among those who qualify for the EFSP.

The Montgomery County funding award selection is made by a National Board which is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way of America. The award amount is based upon available statistics for the total number of unemployed as compared to the total number of unemployed in all qualifying jurisdictions. The National Board distributes funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of emergency food and shelter programs in high-need areas of the country.  

For more information regarding the program go to http://www.efsp.unitedway.org/efsp/website/index.cfm

For additional general information regarding the North Penn United Way, please contact Amanda Piccirilli, Director of Communications, (215) 855-3002 or a.piccirilli@npuw.org


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