TOMPKINS COUNTY, N.Y.—Federal funds have been rewarded to Tompkins County and are now available for disbursement to local food and shelter programs throughout the county.

The county received $121,282 in funding for distribution from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The funds are supposed to “supplement food and shelter programs” locally.

Organizations that wish to apply for the funds must do so by April 8, 2022. Recipients will be chosen by a board made up of members from Tompkins County, the City of Ithaca, the Human Services Coalition, the United Way, human services agencies, faith community and others, according to an announcement from the county.

Just under $30,000 of the funding is from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, while the remaining $91,000 is through a special American Rescue Plan Act allotment.

Recipient organizations must be, according to the announcement: private voluntary non-profits or units of government, eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and have a voluntary board if they are a private voluntary organization.

From the announcement:

Private voluntary non-profits or units of government interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact John Mazzello, Human Services Coalition, 607-252-7214 or for an application. Information is also available at The deadline for applications to be received is April 8, 2022. 

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Managing Editor at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at