For 36 years, Amador County has been awarded funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement and expand ongoing local efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services for the county’s hungry, homeless and people in economic crisis. For the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the county will receive a total of $40,000.

The Amador County Local FEMA Board will meet at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 18 at the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency at 10590 Highway 88 in Jackson to determine how the funds will be distributed among the Emergency Food and Shelter programs in the county.

Last year, the Local Board distributed $25,000 in regular funds among Interfaith Food Bank, Operation Care and the Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency’s Emergency Shelter program. In 2018, these agencies provided more than 7,458 shelter bed nights and more than 16,850 meals to persons and households in need.

The requirements for receiving funds are as follows:

• Be a non-profit or government entity;

• Have an accounting system that conducts annual audits;

• Practice non-discrimination;

• Demonstrated capability of deliver emergency food and/or Emergency Shelter programs;

• If a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

The Amador Local Board consists of members and agencies of the community from the Salvation Army, Interfaith Food Bank, American Red Cross, Amador County Public Health Department, Amador-Tuolumne Community Action Agency, Churches and other local faith-based organizations.

The award to Amador County was made by a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, consisting of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Council of Jewish Federation, Catholic Charities, USA National Council of Churches of Christ, and the United Way of America. The national board was charted to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high need areas nationally.

Agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter funds must contact Amador County Local Board staff Denise Cloward at 223-1485, extension 263, by 4 p.m. on September 6.