East Feliciana Parish has been awarded nearly $9,000 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs throughout the parish by the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, which was created in 1983 with a $50 million federal appropriation to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States.

According to a news release, a local board determines how the funds are distributed among the food and shelter programs run by local service agencies and is responsible for recommending agencies to receive the funds.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be private, voluntary nonprofits or units of government; be eligible to receive federal funds; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and if a private voluntary organization, must have a voluntary board, the release said.

Qualifying public or private voluntary agencies are urged to apply for EFSP funds by submitting an application by 4 p.m. June 21.

Applications may be obtained by calling Lisa Hubble or Debra Blacher at (225) 383-7837, ext. 0; emailing lhubble@svdpbr.com; or mailing EFSP Local Board Chair, P.O. Box 127, Baton Rouge, LA 70821.