OACAC receives emergency food and shelter funding

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) has received $13,919 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Barry County.

The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the US Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and includes representatives from the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, National Councils of the Churches of Christ in the USA, the Jewish Federations of North America, the Salvation Army, and the United Way Worldwide.

"A local board, comprised of representatives of the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, local food pantries, area churches, the Barry County Family Support Division, Second Act and Crosslines, has been charged with distributing the funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the county," said Gail Reed, supervisor at the OACAC's Barry County Neighborhood Center.

The local board will help in determining how the funds will be distributed among emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in Barry County.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: be a private, voluntary not-for-profit organization or a governmental agency; be eligible to receive federal funds; have an accounting system; practice non-discrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are encouraged to apply.

OACAC has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously through the Central Community United Methodist Church in Shell Knob and the Helping Hands Community Food Pantry in Eagle Rock.

Public or private agencies interested in applying for emergency food and shelter funds must contact Reed at OACAC's Barry County Neighborhood Center at 847-2140 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Aug. 19.

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