Webster County has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program.

Webster County has been chosen to receive $12,670 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 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 made up of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Webster County Senior Citizens’ Service Fund Board, Webster County Ministerial Alliance, Missouri Department of Social Services-Family Support Division, Webster County Clerk’s Office and Southern Webster County Food Pantry will determine how the funds awarded to Webster County 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 meet the following requirements: 1) Be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government, 2) Be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) Have an accounting system, 4) Practice nondiscrimination, 5) Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs and 6) If they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Webster County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Marshfield Senior Center, Webster County Food Pantry, OACAC Webster County Neighborhood Center and Southern Webster County Food Pantry participating. These agencies were responsible for providing emergency food assistance to over 1,000 people,and rental assistance to six families consisting of 20 individuals to avoid eviction.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Webster County OACAC Neighborhood Center, 211 N. Clay St., Suite D, Marshfield, or 859-4589, for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is July 10, 2019.

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