March 26, 2009

FEMA Awards Federal Funds to Local Food Banks

District 14 has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program in the amount of $13,453 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the 4 counties. District 14 includes the following counties: Clark - $4,528, Knox - $2,803, Schuyler - $3,184, and Scotland - $2,938. A National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Social Service Agencies made the selection.

A Local Board made up of community representatives will determine how the funds awarded to the local FEMA Board are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by the local service agencies 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.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local governmental or private voluntary organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) have an accounting system and conduct an annual audit, 3) practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, 5) and if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

The district 14 jurisdiction had distributed Emergency Food & Shelter funds previously with Northeast Missouri Community Action Agency.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs funds must contact Penny Miles, Local FEMA Board Chairperson, P.O. Box 966, Kirksville, MO 63501, telephone (660) 665-9855. Deadline for application is

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