Morrison County awarded federal funds under Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program

Under Phase 31 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program and through the State Set Aside process, the Jurisdiction 500400, Morrison County, has been chosen to receive $4,515 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.

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 made up of representatives from County Government, Catholic Charities, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, the Ministerial Association, and the United Way 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 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, (320) 632-0293, debg@co.morrison.mn.us, 107 S.E. Second St., Little Falls, MN 56345.

The deadline for applications to be received is Jan. 15, 2014.

  • robin hensel

    why are these funds approximately $ 24,000.00 short of what they used to be? Which board or county member will answer that question?

  • Jody Scott Olson

    Why everyone is playing pass the buck when it comes to explaining why the funds have been drastically reduced EXCLUSIVELY to Morrison County? Someone should be able to address that question. Someone should have addressed that PUBLICLY when the fund was cut! Still no answers.

  • Jody Scott Olson

    So Morrison County’s website says that the Chaplain’s office is a non profit and they solicit donations. Guidestar indicates that the Chaplin’s office has been a non profit since 2006 which seems surprising since that would mean that the Chaplain’s non profit would have to have an independent board of directors since 2006…so who has been on this board…minutes from meeting, annual reports, audits? Since that seemed almost unbelievable I checked the information against the Minnesota Attorney General’s website and they don’t have a non profit listed by the name posted on Guidestar or the EIN tax number they list…nothing…ZIP. It seems anywhere you go you’re left with more questions than answers.

  • robin hensel

    How about an answer united way committee. Quit dodging.

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