Barry County Neighborhood Center receives $11K

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Grant to help with emergency food, shelter programs

The Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

Barry County has been chosen to receive $11,907 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the DHS and FEMA and 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 nondiscrimination, have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

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

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Gail Reed at 417-847-2140. The deadline for applications to be received is May 21.

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