United Way receives grant for food, shelter programs

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WALLA WALLA -- United Way of Walla Walla County has been awarded $22,388 from Federal Emergency Management Administration. The money will go to area emergency food and shelter programs, according to Executive Director Liz McDevitt.

Nationally, $119,760,000 was awarded for fiscal year 2011, reflecting a 40 percent reduction from the previous year, she said in a news release.

Walla Walla County's amount, based on the county's unemployment and poverty statistics, is about $7,000 less than the previous funding year.

Funds will be administered through existing local public and non-profit organizations. Any agency with the interest and capability to provide emergency food or shelter services can get an application and more information from the United Way office, 29 E. Sumach St., or by mail to Local EFSP Board, P.O. Box 1134, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

Completed applications must be returned no later than Wednesday. For more information call 529-1183.

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