Santa Cruz County has been awarded $41,236 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSN) and local agencies have until 4 p.m. on July 16 to submit applications to garner a share.

The EFSN is a division of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). A local board made up of several faith-based agencies, emergency aid agencies and community members will determine how the funds awarded to Santa Cruz County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.

Eligible agencies must be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, have an accounting system, practice non-discrimination, 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.

Santa Cruz County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously to the Amado Food Bank, Nogales Food Bank, Santa Cruz County Fairgrounds, Catholic Community Services Women’s Shelter, Santa Cruz Council on Aging and Patagonia Senior Citizens.

To apply for funds, contact Marcela Chavez at (520) 761-1840 or uwscc@qwestoffice.net for an application.

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