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NGO funding delayed


The debate of who was recommended for funding and who was not started after the Executive Director of FoodNet, The Greater Acadiana Food Bank, addressed the Lafayette City Parish Council on Tuesday.

"I work tirelessly for the community to get money to provide food. I do it sometimes with a heavy heart. I do it a lot of times with tired eyes. So I ask you to reconsider the request tonight," explains FoodNet Executive Director Lemel Jones.

Jones says FoodNet was given $12,000 in non-governmental organization funds last year. This year, food net is scheduled to receive nothing. "The letter said a group of civic minded persons have decided not to fund your organization and I wanted to know who these civic minded folks were that live in this community and see FoodNet in operation every day," says Jones.

25 applications were submitted under the social service category of the LCG granting process. 19 of those are being recommended for funding, explains the Director of Community Development Patricia Leyendecker. 

"Maybe we can get a better grasp of why the panel would leave six people off when you have almost a quarter million dollars to divee out," adds Councilman Brandon Shelvin.

The council voted to put the funding on hold. The council wants additional information regarding the applicants, the comments from the panel making the recommendations, and who scored what to qualify for the NGO dollars.

"The council can make changes because what we proposed is a recommendation over what the panel suggested," says Leyendecker.

According to Leyendecker,  under the Arts & Culture category there is about $69,000 to spend; 13 applicants applied and the panel recommended 12 for funding.

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