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United Way to take applications for emergency food, shelter

October 10, 2012
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades has announced that it will accept applications until 5 p.m. Oct. 15 for funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the tri-county area.

The applications are being accepted in anticipation of the funds being appropriated by Congress to expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas. A local board will determine how the funds awarded to this area are to be distributed among the programs run by local human service agencies in the area, if the appropriation is made.

The United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades provides the coordination and administrative support for this program in the community. Last year, more than $360,000 was distributed to 17 agencies.

Under the terms of the grant, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be the following: private voluntary non-profits 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 private voluntary organizations, they must have a voluntary board.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying should contact the United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades, at 7273 Concourse Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33908, or call Hannah Pelle at 433-2000, ext. 236 to request an application.



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