Food pantries to receive federal funding

ELLSWORTH — More than $7,000 in federal funding will be allocated to area food pantries and shelter programs at an upcoming meeting.

The meeting will be held Wednesday, July 10, at the Washington Hancock Community Agency (248 Bucksport Road in Ellsworth). The meeting will start at 10:30 a.m.

The Hancock County Emergency Food & Shelter Board announced recently that Hancock County has been chosen to receive $7,232 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the area.

That money was awarded by a national board consisting of representatives from national agencies such as the Red Cross and United Way.

The 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 will be distributed here in Hancock County.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must: be nonprofit; have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

Previous recipients of similar funds have included agencies such as the Emmaus Homeless Shelter and the Tree of Life Food Pantry.

Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting Bobbi Harris or Lee Hardison at the Washington Hancock Community Agency at 664-2424, Monday through Friday, between 7:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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