Local Tri-Cities organizations receive nearly $150,000 in FEMA funding

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. — Local nonprofit agencies throughout Benton and Franklin Counties will receive a cumulative total of $146,732 in Emergency Food & Shelter Program funding through FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency).

Officials say that United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties, a Kennewick-based organization serving the Tri-Cities community, will process and distribute FEMA funds to 15 programs at 14 local agencies in the region.

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According to the press release, a sizeable sum of the funding will go to combat food insecurity — An issue plaguing the United States that was amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic.

United Way president LoAnn Ayers understands the deep-rooted need throughout the Tri-Cities community and wants to be a pivotal part of that change.

“Nearly a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, the needs in our community are not slowing down,” Ayers said. “Too many local people don’t have enough to eat or a safe place to sleep. We are happy to get this funding out where it’s most needed.”

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The programs affected are listed in order of funding from United Way and FEMA below:

  • Domestic Violence Services: $20,000
  • Meals on Wheels (Senior Life Resources Northwest): $13,900
  • Critical Care Boxes (Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton & Franklin Counties): $13,000
  • Opportunity Kitchen (Columbia Industries): $12,500
  • Food Assistance (Tri-Cities Food Bank): $12,500
  • My Friend’s Place served meals (Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery): $12,500
  • Family Assistance (Safe Harbor Crisis Nursery): $11,950
  • Healthy Food Access (Second Harvest): $10,000
  • St. Vincent de Paul Society: $10,000
  • Food Assistance (Salvation Army): $8,000
  • Emergency Food Assistance (Riverview Adventist Church Food Bank): $8,000
  • Emergency Food Grocery Cards (Columbia Basin College Foundation): $5,000
  • Food for Good (Women of Wisdom Tri-Cities): $4,950
  • Lunch Buddies Food Distribution (Central United Protestant Church): $2,400
  • St. Vincent Center Food Bank (Catholic Charities): $2,032

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