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Kauai gets $15,000 for emergency food, shelter

LIHUE — The Hawaii Foodbank Kauai Branch, Kauai Economic Opportunity, Malama Pono Health Service, and the St. Catherine Church food pantry program were named recipients of $15,000 in federal Emergency Food & Shelter program funds.

The funds will be added to the Kauai United Way annual campaign, where they will be available for allocation to the 2018 KUW participating agencies.

“Without Kauai United Way to apply for and administer it, this money would not have been available to those in need on the island,” said Scott Giarman, Kauai United Way executive director. “The Kauai United Way wrote a proposal requesting that a portion of discretionary set-aside statewide funds be directed to Kauai to address the hardships facing many of our local citizens.”

The federal Emergency Food & Shelter program is designed to provide food, rent, utility payments and other assistance to people in need to prevent homelessness.

Lynette Medrano-Stine, KUW community liaison and campaign development director, said all of the agencies will be using the funds for food acquisition.

The funds need to be used by Jan. 31, 2018.

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The Garden Island

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