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United Way Delivers December Surprises

Food, meals and housing support for struggling rural Thurston county residents

Just short of the December holidays, United Way awarded $16,880 in federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) grants to nonprofits serving Thurston county residents.   EFSP is a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) program providing emergency food and shelter for vulnerable people.  This is part of United Way’s commitment to reducing the number of struggling children and families in Thurston County.

ROOF Community Services will use its $6,880 award in partnership with the Thurston County Food Bank to provide low-income individuals living in south Thurston County increased access to healthier foods, diapers and feminine hygiene products in the rural communities of Rochester, Littlerock and Rainier. This project will include monthly deliveries of food, diapers and feminine hygiene products to the Thurston County Food Bank’s satellite locations in Littlerock and Rainier and weekly deliveries to the Food Bank at ROOF Community Services in Rochester.  Staff from ROOF and the Thurston County Food Bank will collaborate to purchase food that meets the needs of their clients and is at the best price possible in order to stretch funds further.

Senior Services of South Sound will receive $10,000 to provide meals to low income residents in the Tenino and Rochester areas.  Ready-to-eat, full meals are critical to maintaining the nutrition and health of fragile seniors.   This grant will also support the Home Share Project to help seniors move into shared housing situation.

“While these grants may seem small, these funds will directly purchase critical food, housing and health supplies for our low income low income south county community members” stated Rhodetta Seward, EFSP Thurston advisory board member.