Tillman County awarded federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program

Staff Report

Tillman County has been chosen to receive $2,800 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

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 church leaders, civic leaders, etc. will determine how the funds awarded to Tillman 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 under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local organizations chosen to receive funds must:

* be private voluntary non-profit or units of government,

* have an accounting system,

* practice nondiscrimination,

* have demonstrated 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.

Tillman County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Community Action participating. This agency was responsible for providing assistance to those in need in the county.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Programs funds must contact Tillman County EFS Board, P. O. Box 989, Frederick, Okla., 73542.

The deadline for applications is July 25.

Staff Report

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