County receives food bank funds

KINGMAN - Local non-profit food and shelter programs may have a chance at some extra funding this year. Mohave County has received $134,988 from the federal government to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The funds are part of a $200 million package from Congress.

The funds can be used by local non-profits to help with mass shelter and food needs, food pantries, food banks, one-month utility payments, one month rent or mortgage assistance or programs that help people find permanent housing.

A local board composed of representatives from charitable organizations, local government, Indian tribes and a homeless person or homeless person advocate will determine how the funds awarded to Mohave County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations.

The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.

Organizations wishing to apply for funding under this program must do so no later than Thursday.

Send applications for funding to Byron Steward, Mohave County Emergency Management, P.O. Box 7000, Kingman, AZ 86402. For e-mail inquiries: byron.steward@co.mohave.az.us

The local board will hold a meeting open to the public to allocate EFSP funds at 10 a.m. Thursday at The Salvation Army Office, 1461 Palma Way, Bullhead City. All applicant agencies are urged to attend.

New applicants must attend the allocations meeting or risk loss of funding.

Further information on the program may be obtained by contacting Byron Steward or Liz Durst, Mohave County Emergency Management, at (928) 757-0930.