OREGON COUNTY -- Oregon County has been awarded federal funds for $7,868 under the emergency food and shelter national board program.
According to local Federal Emergency Management board member Kathy Loth, the award selection was made by a national board that consists of several national agencies including the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army and The National Council of Churches.
A local board of Oregon County residents will determine how the funds awarded to the county will be distributed among emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations.
Loth said the local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds.
There are several terms which a local private volunteer organization or local government have to meet before they can receive the funds. They must be nonprofit; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and or shelter programs; and if they are a private volunteer organization, they must have a voluntary board.
Loth said, "Local qualifying organizations are urged to apply. In the past we have distributed emergency food and shelter funds to Riverways Home Care/Hospice, Ozark Action, Christos House, the Oregon County Food Pantry and the Alton Multipurpose Senior Center."
For more information regarding the program or to receive an application for these funds, call Kim Hollis in Thayer at 264-3150 or Loth in Alton at 778-7490.
The deadline for submitting an application is March 23.
Loth said the board will meet and review the applications March 23 at 1 p.m. in the Oregon County Courthouse jury room.