County awarded federal funds to supplement emergency food, shelter

Morrison County has been chosen to receive $5,069 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities and United Way of America. A 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.

The local board is made up of representatives from County Government, Catholic Charities, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, the Ministerial Association, and the United Way. This board will determine how the funds awarded to Morrison County are to be distributed among the programs run by local service agencies in the area. The local board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act  (ARRA).

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

Morrison County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with the Morrison County Food Shelf, the Motley Area Food Shelf and the Morrison County Chaplaincy Program.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Deb Gruber, Morrison County United Way, (320) 632-0295 or e-mail [email protected] Mail can be sent to the Morrison County United Way, 107 S.E. Second St., Little Falls, MN 56345.

The deadline for applications to be received is Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.