More funding for security, food aid

The Senate Appropriations Committee increased spending for the security of nonprofit institutions and emergency assistance for the poor.

On May 29, the committee earmarked $13 million in Homeland Security funds for nonprofit institutions for next year  — $3 million more than in 2012. The White House and Congress had cut funding for the Nonprofit Security Grant Program from $19 million in 2011 to $10 million this year.

The funds allow for additional physical security measures and training for at-risk nonprofit institutions.

Jewish groups have been allocated the bulk of the funding since the program was launched in 2005.

The committee also approved $150 million for the Emergency Food and Shelter Pro-gram for fiscal year 2013, a hike of $30 million

over last year’s spending.

Both provisions were top priorities of Jewish Federations of North America, which together with the Orthodox Union and Agudath Israel of America has lobbied for the security funds. — jta