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United Way distributing nearly $500,000 in federal food, shelter aid

Volunteer Erica Osorio stocks shelves at a local food pantry as part of the community’s emergency food network for low income people.
Volunteer Erica Osorio stocks shelves at a local food pantry as part of the community’s emergency food network for low income people. ogaines@charlotteobserver.com

Mecklenburg County has been awarded $479,927 in federal Emergency Food and Shelter funds, which are to be dispersed by United Way of Central Carolinas.

The money is intended to supplement the cost of running local emergency food and shelter programs for low-income and homeless people. It comes via the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

A board facilitated by the United Way will determine how the money is to be distributed, based on applications submitted by charities in Mecklenburg County.

An eligible organization must be a private, voluntary nonprofit or a unit of government that is eligible to receive federal funds and has an accounting system. It must also practice nondiscrimination, demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and if a private voluntary organization, must have a voluntary board.

Interested nonprofits should contact Renée Warner at 704-371-6300 or fwarner@uwcentralcarolinas.org. Applications must be postmarked no later than Aug. 12.

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