Through the American Rescue Plan Act, several counties in Central Georgia have been designated to receive funding under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). The purpose of this funding is to supplement and expand existing efforts to provide food, shelter, and other supportive services by local social service organizations. The program is governed by a National Board composed of representatives of the 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; and United Way Worldwide. The Board is chaired by a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
United Way of Central Georgia is the administrator for the following Central Georgia counties designated to receive funds:
- Baldwin County: Phase 39 $11,918/ARPAR $36,836
- Bibb County: Phase 39 $48,072/ARPAR $148,579
- Houston County: Phase 39 $34,882/ARPAR $107, 813
The funds were awarded to local organizations that met program criteria and submitted compelling applications. The allocation of funds to organizations in each county was determined by a local board representative of the national board.
The following organizations received funding:
- Baldwin County: Helping Hands Society, New Beginning Outreach Ministries of Baldwin, Inc., Overview, Inc., and the Salvation Army Milledgeville Service Center, United Way of Central Georgia.
- Bibb County: Bibb County Department of Family and Children Services, Family Advancement Ministries, Macon Outreach at Mulberry, The Mentors Project of Bibb County, The Methodist Home for Children and Youth, The Salvation Army of Macon, Brookdale Resource Center, and United Way of Central Georgia.
- Houston County: Loaves & Fishes of South Houston County, Middle Georgia Community Action Agency, Inc., The Salvation Army, Sacred Heart Christian Service Center, and United Way of Central Georgia.
Since 1983, in its 38-year history, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program will have distributed $5.03 billion to over 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country through this collaborative effort between the private and public sectors.
About United Way of Central Georgia
For 100 years, United Way of Central Georgia (UWCG) has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives and changing the trajectory of communities. We are focused on disrupting family poverty by providing early childhood education support to families, preparing people for quality jobs, growing incomes, and ensuring access to better health and education opportunities throughout 14 counties in Central Georgia. We have a bold vision of equitable communities where all individuals are healthy, educated, and financially stable. For more information please visit www.UnitedWayCG.org