OREGON COUNTY -- Oregon County has been awarded $11,728 in federal funds for the county's emergency food and shelter national board program.
A local FEMA Board made up of county residents will determine how the funds are distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.
Local FEMA board members include: Kim Hollis, chairman; Jerry Richardson, vice chairman; and Kathy Loth, secretary. Other board members include Mike Crawford, Barbara Alford, Batty Nan Minich, Mark Hodge, Tina Blankenship and Jesse Mae Burkhead.
"Under the terms of the grant, the national board, local government or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must meet certain criteria," Hollis said.
(1) Be nonprofit
(2) Have an accounting system
(3) Practice nondiscrimination
(4) Have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food or shelter programs
(5) If they are private voluntary organizations they must have a voluntary board.
"Oregon County has distributed food and shelter funds previously to Riverways Home Care/Hospice, Ozark Action, Christos House and the Oregon County Food Pantry. All qualifying organizations are urged to apply," she said.
The board met and reviewed the applications April 1 at 1 p.m. in the basement of the Oregon County Courthouse in the University Extension Office.