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Food/shelter groups urged to apply for funds

Monday, August 8, 2011

Oregon County has been awarded federal funds under the emergency food and shelter national board program. The national board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), made the selection. The board consists of representatives of the Salvation Army, American Red Cross,, Council of Jewish Federations, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA and United Way of America, which provide administrative staff and function as fiscal agents. The board distributes funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A local board of county residents will determine how the funds are awarded to Oregon County and distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive the funds and any additional money available under this phase of the program.

Local government or private voluntary organizations chose to receive funds must be nonprofit, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and, if a private organization, must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

Oregon County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously to Riverways Home Care/Hospice, Ozark Action, Christos House and the Oregon County Food Pantry.

Program information and applications are available by calling Kim Hollis in Thayer at 417-264-3150 or 778-6303 of Kathy Loth in Alton at 417-778-1467 or 778-7490.

Aug. 10 is the application deadline. The board will review the applications at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 10 in the Oregon County Courthouse basement in the University of Missouri Extension office.

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