U.S. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, as well as Congressman Nick Rahall, have announced $541,057 in federal funding for social service agencies to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout West Virginia.
Five counties in the local region qualified for assistance, including Randolph County ($11,332), Upshur County ($7,938), Lewis County ($7,840), Barbour County ($5,760) and Pocahontas County ($3,810).
"In West Virginia, we understand the importance of coming together and helping those facing tough times," said Rockefeller. "This funding will help organizations across the state continue to serve their communities and meet the needs of their neighbors. Their worthy and generous work helps to relieve people of hunger and lift West Virginians out of poverty. We should all be grateful for their efforts and the people they stand up for."
"The health and safety of all West Virginians have always been one of our state's top priorities," Manchin added. "As we continue to fight through these tough economic times, I am proud that we can work together to make sure that our friends, families and neighbors have a roof over their heads, food to eat and the support that they need to help them get back on their feet and into the work force."
"Family emergencies can occur throughout the year and due to all manner of causes. These federal funds will help put food on the table and lend a helping hand to get families back on track in those instances," said Rahall, who is the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with jurisdiction over FEMA programs. "The American people share and rightly take pride in a fundamental moral tenet to lend a helping hand to our neighbors and even to strangers who are trying to get back on their feet."
This federal funding is provided by the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, which is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency. EFSP funds are used to supplement food, shelter, rent, mortgage and utility assistance programs for people with non-disaster related emergencies.
Member agencies of the EFSP National Board include: American Red Cross; Catholic Charities USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Salvation Army; United Way Worldwide; and FEMA. Funded jurisdictions use local boards, similar in composition to the national board, to advertise the availability of the funds; establish priorities among community needs; allocate funds to non-profit and government emergency food and shelter agencies; and help monitor program compliance.
Other recipients of federal funding included: Cabell and Wayne counties ($43,648), Mercer County ($18,429), Mineral County ($10,392), Boone County ($6,621), Mingo County ($7,542), Braxton County ($5,453), Monongalia County ($25,683), Brooke County ($11,332), Morgan County ($5,651), Calhoun County ($3,128), Nicholas County ($9,214), Clay County ($3,573), Ohio County ($15,390), Fayette County ($14,658), Grant County ($5,404), Raleigh County ($22,190), Greenbrier County ($11,966), Hampshire County ($7,037), Ritchie County ($3,533), Hancock County ($16,123), Roane County ($6,206), Harrison County ($20,428), Summers County ($4,097), Jackson County ($10,976), Taylor County ($5,285), Kanawha County ($59,849), Tyler County ($3,563), Lincoln County ($7,077), Webster County ($3,345), Logan County ($10,768), Wetzel County ($7,096), McDowell County ($7,502), Wood County ($31,147), Marion County ($16,984), Wyoming County ($6,770), Marshall County ($13,015) and Mason County ($11,738).