Chatham County Awarded Federal Funds for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs

Staff Report From Savannah CEO

Monday, May 18th, 2020

Chatham County has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program; The Salvation Army will serve as the administrating agent. Chatham County will receive for Phase 37 $97,027 and Phase Cares (COVID-19) 138,332 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the local area. The funds will be distributed to qualifying organizations selected by the Local Board.

The budgeted award was made by a National Board made up of affiliates of national voluntary organizations chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as deemed appropriate based on unemployment and poverty data. The local board has been charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress with emphasis on elderly, families and children, Native Americans, veterans and those mentally or physically disabled individuals to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the Under the terms of the National Board, local governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must: (1) be non-profit, (2) have country.

An accounting system and conduct an annual audit, (3) practice nondiscrimination, (4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and (5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. All agencies applying for EFSP funds must provide their DUNS number and FEIN in their applications. Failure to provide these numbers will prevent or delay the release of funds to agencies, if they are awarded by the Local Board. The numbers may be obtained, as follows:

Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) Number. DUNS numbers are issued by Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) at no cost. Link to Apply for DUNS -

Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) - FEIN numbers are issued by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) at no cost. Link for FEIN -