By Ashley Rader
Non-profit agencies in Carter County that provide emergency food and shelter will soon be able to help more clients as a result of increased emergency federal funding received by the Elizabethton/Carter County United Way.
The United Way has received $23,989 from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be distributed to Carter County non-profits that supply emergency food and shelter aid.
“This money makes a big difference for local agencies,” said United Way Director Debbie Guy. “The extra funding means they can help more families.”
This is the second year that Carter County has received these grant funds. Last year, Carter County received $24,793 to supplement food and shelter programs through Assistance and Resource Ministries Inc., Hale Community Ministries and the Elizabethton Neighborhood Service Center.
Hale Community Ministries provided 2,187 meals to individuals. ARM provided 3,519 meals and the Elizabethton Neighborhood Service Center gave assistance with rent or mortgage payments and utilities to 156 individuals.
“The FEMA funding allowed us to buy food that we wouldn’t normally be able to get from Second Harvest Food Bank or Operation Blessing in Bristol for our emergency food boxes,” said Becky Brumitt, director of Hale Community Ministries. “It also allowed us to buy healthier food options than we would have been able to get without it. This funding is one of the reasons our Hunger Relief Program has been able to sustain the numbers we have.”