United Way announces county funding awards


FARMINGTON — Each year, the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area locally administers the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, a federal program operated by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. It is designed to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services for the nation’s hungry, homeless and people in economic crisis.

This year, $21,589 was allocated by the local board that is convened by the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area. The group includes representatives from Franklin County Emergency Management, Salvation Army, homeless advocacy organizations and area food pantries. They and other members determine the allocation of the money to area organizations that apply for funding and meet program criteria.

Stacie Bourassa, United Way of the Tri-Valley Area administrative assistant, was elected by the local board this year to chair the group.

Bourassa said, “The need for emergency food and shelter is ever-increasing in our communities. The power behind the volunteers that provide food and shelter services in Greater Franklin County is to be admired. Their dedication continues to have such an impact. The United Way is pleased to see firsthand how federal funds, partnered with committed individuals, can truly make a difference at the grass roots.”

This year’s recipients are Abused Women’s Advocacy Project, Care and Share Food Cupboard, Clearwater Ministries, Phillips Area Food Pantry, SeniorsPlus, Stratton/Eustis Food Pantry, Tri-Town Ministerial Food Cupboard, Town of Carthage, United Methodist Economic Ministry and Wilton Area Food Pantry.

With this year’s funding, the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area will have allocated more than $121,000 in emergency food and shelter assistance in the last seven years, via the EFSP program.