BOUNTIFUL – Every body’s heard about FEMA.
Davis County’s most recent major involvement by the Federal Emergency Management Agency was following the wind storm of Dec. 1, 2011.
However, FEMA also regularly provides funding for other programs that impact county residents.
For example, $75,506 was approved for dispersal last Friday by the local Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.
Agencies receiving funds and the amounts were:
Ґ Bountiful Community Food Pantry, $13,600
Ґ Safe Harbor Crisis Shelter, $23,000
Ґ Family Connection Center, $38,906.
Under this program, funds are awarded to assist agencies that provide food, utility assistance and emergency housing aid. Recipients must be low income based on federal poverty guidelines, said Daneen Adams, Assistant Director, Family Connection Center.
“We want to make sure we help as many people as we can,” said County Commission Chair John Petroff, a committee member.
“The need to provide emergency food assistance continues and is the majority of the assistance we provide at the pantry,” said Lorna Koci, Executive Director of the Bountiful Community Food Pantry.
The pantry serves more than 2,100 people a month, most are well within federal poverty guidelines, she said in a funding application request document provided to the Clipper.
The nonprofit agency’s costs for truck fuel and repair alone were more than $9,000, and it cost $22,089 last year to buy food and milk, Koci said.
She added that community donations and the Grocery Rescue program provided by area supermarkets assists greatly.
“Domestic violence remains an epidemic in Davis County and we see the evidence of this in the number of clients we serve,” said Julie Stephenson, Interim Executive Director of Safe Harbor.
It’s the third busiest shelter to assist women and children (and a few men) who have been victims of domestic violence in the state, she said.
FEMA funds are used to cover such costs as shelter maintenance, utility costs, and staff salaries. Victims also receive hot meals, transportation vouchers, clothing, personal care items, storage space, secured bedroom with bedding and more while at the shelter, Stephenson said.
“As the Community Action Agency for Davis County, the Family Connection Center is committed to provide low-income individuals with emergency food and shelter,” Adams said.
Over the past year, nearly 20 percent more families have requested services compared to the prior year, she said.
“(The Connection Center’s) Food Bank provides clients with a three-to-five day emergency food supply. As of 2011, it switched from passing out food boxes to client choice, where families are able to choose food items.
By making this change, Family Connection Center has become more efficient in food distribution and saves on employee costs,” Adams said.