The Appanoose County Ministerial Association and Human Service Planning Council have been chosen to receive $9,120 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

A national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) made the selection. The local board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high needed areas around the country.

A local board (Human Service Planning Council) made up of representatives from city, school, church, county, hospital and vraious human service agencies, will determine how the funds are to be distributed among the emergency good and shelter programs run by 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. They must be private voluntary non-profit or units of government to receive funds, be a private voluntary organization and have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

The Appanoose County Ministerial Association is applying for these emergency food and shelter funds this year for the first time. They will be responsible for providing the number of families/individuals who need to be helped to pay utilities and rent.

Public and private voluntary agencies interested in applying for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Walter King (chairman of the Ministerial Association) at 641-856-6646 or Joan Mattingly (treasurer of the Ministerial Association) at 856-6155 or the SEIDA office at 856-3310.

Individuals seeking help for utility or rent assistance from FEMA through the Lord’s Cupboard must wait until further notice that actual funds have arrived.

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