Fed awards cash to local board

The local Seneca County Emergency Food and Shelter Board has been notified it is to receive $9,077 in federal funds under the National Emergency Food and Shelter Board to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The funds are part of the 2012 state set-aside funds and are to help food pantries and human service organizations offer assistance to individuals who are homeless, hungry or otherwise in need of supplemental assistance for basic needs.

The local board, which was charged to distribute funds in Seneca County, includes representatives from the Attica Food Pantry, Bloomville Food Pantry, First Step Healthy Family Resource Center, FISH Food Pantry, Fish and Loaves (Bellevue), Hedges and Highway Ministries, Republic Food Pantry, The Salvation Army of Fostoria, The Salvation Army of Tiffin, Sharing Kitchen of Fostoria, Seneca County Commission on Aging, St. Vincent de Paul of Fostoria, St. Vincent de Paul of Tiffin and Tiffin-Seneca United Way.

Pat DeMonte, executive director of Tiffin-Seneca United Way, is the board chair and Gary Fay of St. Vincent DePaul of Fostoria is vice chair.

Under terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be 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 a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying should contact DeMonte at Tiffin-Seneca United Way, 201 S. Washington St., Tiffin, OH 44883 or call (419) 448-0355 for an application. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Jan. 25.

The EFS board is to meet Jan. 29 at the Tiffin-Seneca United Way office.