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Emergency Food and Shelter Funds

United Way to Adminster Emergency Food and Shelter Funds in Stephenson County 


United Way serves as the chair of the local emergency food and shelter board.  The local board receives funds from the National Emergency food and shelter board to supplement existing services that meet critical emergency needs in the county, including food pantries, homeless shelters, home delivered meals, and other vital services.  

Stephenson County set to receive $22,128 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs.

The money that was awarded to Stephenson County is used to supplement existing services that provide emergency food and shelter services in the county.  

The selection was made by a National Board, which is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; and United Way of America.

The local board, which is composed of representatives from Stephenson County is now charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas in our communities. The local board is seeking applications from qualified service organizations (please see detailed list of qualifications below) serving Stephenson County.

Stephenson County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously to The Salvation Army, Freeport Area Church Cooperative, Northwestern Illinois Community Action Agency Senior Citizen Services, VOICES and Northern Illinois Food Bank. These agencies were responsible for providing served meals, food pantry orders, and rent/mortgage assistance in Stephenson County.  


Eligibility to receive funds

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local organizations chosen to receive funds must:

1) Be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government (If private voluntary organization, must have a volunteer board)

2) Have an accounting system

3) Practice nondiscrimination

4) Areas elligible for funds are: Served Meals, Other Food, Mass Shelter (on-site), Other Shelter, supplies/equipment, and Building Code Repairs/Accessibility Improvements. Please view the application for further description. 


Click here for the application. All applications are due by May 6th, 2018 at the United Way office, 524 W Stephenson St., Freeport by 4:00pm.