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Funding available for food and shelter needs

(KLZA)-- Richardson, Pawnee, Johnson, Nemaha and Cass counties make up Southeast Region A, which as been selected to receive Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds to supplement programs in the area.

The National Board is chaired by FEMA and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities; USA National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; and United Way of America which provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent.

This Board is charged with distributing funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter program in high-need areas around the country.

Locally a Board made up of representatives of the Salvation Army; Ministerial Associations; Government Agency; Southeast Nebraska Community Action Inc; United Way; Food Pantries; and American Red Cross; and, Homeless Service Providers will determine how the funds awarded the Southeast Region A are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the area.

Southeast Region A distributed Emergency Food and Shelter Funds in the previous phase with the Southeast Nebraska Community Action Council and the Salvation Army participating. These agencies provided more than 9,100 meals, and rent, and utility assistance to 75 households under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program.

Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for the EFSP funds must contact Pam Armknecht, Local Board Chair at 402-862-2411, Extension 108 for an application.

The deadline to apply is July 12, 2019.

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