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County receives emergency food and shelter federal funding

Hubbard County has been awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFASP). Hubbard County has been chosen to receive $17,196 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county, which will be administered by Mahube Community Council, Inc.

The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA; 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 volunteer representatives from the organizations listed above will determine how the funds awarded to Hubbard 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 available under this phase of the program.

A meeting will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 3 at the Mahube Community Council Building, 120 North Central, Park Rapids. Anyone wishing to participate should contact Connie Walz at 732-7204.

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

-Have an accounting system.

-Practice nondiscrimination.

-Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.

-If they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Hubbard County has distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with Mahube Community Council. These funds have been designated to assist individuals with emergencies related to shelter and food through the Hubbard County Food Shelf. Funding for this program is limited and serves people who qualify on a first come, first serve basis.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for emergency food and shelter funds must contact Connie Walz, Mahube Community Council, 120 N. Central, at 732-7204 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Feb. 27, 2009.