County awarded food, shelter funds
Becker County has been chosen to receive funding 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 Managemen...
Becker County has been chosen to receive funding 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; The Jewish Federation 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 local agency representatives will determine how the funds awarded to Becker 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.
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, be eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice non-discrimination, demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and shelter programs, and -- if they are a private voluntary organization -- they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
Becker County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with the Becker County Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels and Mahube Housing Program participating. These agencies are responsible for providing meals and lodging.
Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Marcia Otte at Mahube Community Council, Inc., 1125 West River Road, Detroit Lakes, MN or by telephone at (218)-847-1385 for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is March 18.