For 30 years the United Way has received federal funds under the Emergency Shelter and Food National Program. Since then, nearly $3.8 billion have been awarded to 14,000 agencies across the country.

Flathead County received about $24,000 to be allocated to several agencies with a mission to provide food and shelter to anyone in need. But this year's money is considerably less than in years past - usually the Flathead receives around $80,000.

"There was a change in the way Congress decided to allocate the money," said Executive Director Sherry Stevens. "It's based on poverty levels, unemployment rate, population. It's a formula nationwide. So all of the major cities in Montana received cuts this year which is very unfortunate because we really need the additional boost of funding for these services."

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