Carroll human services agencies seek federal funds to help needy residents

December 31, 1997|By James M. Coram and Anne Haddad | James M. Coram and Anne Haddad,SUN STAFF

Carroll County human service agencies have until Monday to apply for $17,910 in federal funds to help needy residents pay for food, shelter and utility bills.

Two agencies -- Human Services Programs of Carroll County Inc., a nonprofit, umbrella charity that provides food, money and other services to the needy, and Meals on Wheels, which delivers food to homebound residents -- have asked for assistance.

"Hopefully, others are going to benefit also," said Jolene Sullivan, director of the county's Department of Citizen Services.

Carroll County Food Sunday, which collects and distributes food to the hungry, plans to apply, said Anna Rollins, board chairwoman.

The county received the money from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program of Alexandria, Va. The program is governed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Local nonprofit agencies that provide emergency services to needy county residents may apply for the grant money.

The Carroll County Circle of Caring -- made up of representatives from social services agencies and religious organizations -- will decide how to distribute the funds after reviewing the applications.

In the past, Human Services Programs has received the largest portion of the grant. The charity would use the dollars again to fill gaps in services, said Sylvia Canon, the executive director.

Food Sunday will apply for $1,716 to buy milk for senior citizen clients, Rollins said. Food Sunday doesn't have enough money to give milk to everyone -- only to families with children under 16.

Last year, Circle divided $15,815 in federal money among Human Services Programs, Meals on Wheels and Carroll Food Sunday.

Pub Date: 12/31/97

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