Local organization gets federal funding

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Barry County OACAC to get $12K for food, shelter programs

The Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) federal emergency management agency, under the emergency food and shelter national board program.

Barry County has been chosen to receive $12,549 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the DHS' Federal Emergency Management Agency, and the board consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide.

The local board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A local board will determine how the funds awarded to OACAC are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds, and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 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 if they are private a voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

OACAC has distributed Emergency Food And Shelter Program funds previously with Cassville United Methodist Church, Central Community United Methodist Church and the Helping Hands Food Pantry.

Public or private voluntary-agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Gail Reed,700 E. Hwy. 248, Cassville, MO 65625, or call 417-847-2140 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is March 12.

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