THE MINNESOTA STATE SET-ASIDE
COMMITTEE FOR THE FEMA EMERGEN-
CY FOOD AND SHELTER PROGRAM HAS
MADE FUNDING RECOMMENDATIONS
TO THE NATIONAL BOARD. THE COM-
MITTEE HAS RECOMMENDED WADENA
COUNTY RECEIVE AN AWARD OF $3631.
This is a significant reduction from the
$10963 that was awarded last year.
Although the funding is not yet final, appli-
cations will now be accepted from agencies
that meet the grant terms. Funds are
available 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 and consists of repre-
sentatives from American Red Cross; Catho-
lic Charities, USA; National Council of the
Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Jewish
Federations of North America: The Salvation
Army; and, United Way Worldwide. The Lo-
cal Board was charged to distribute funds
appropriated by Congress to help expand
the capacity of food and shelter programs in
the high-need areas around the country.
A Local Board made up of government
agencies and representatives mirroring the
National Board will determine how the funds
awarded to Wadena County are to be distrib-
uted 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 un-
der this phase of the program.
Under the terms of the grant from the Na-
tional Board, local agencies chosen to re-
ceive funds must:
1) be private voluntary non-profits or units
2) be eligible to receive federal funds
3) have an accounting system
4) practice nondiscrimination
5) have demonstrated the capability to de-
liver emergency food and/or shelter pro-
6) if they are a private voluntary organiza-
tion, they must have a voluntary board
Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
The Local Wadena County Emergency
Food and Shelter Board has distributed
funds previously with local food shelves, city
police departments, crisis centers and Otter
Tail-Wadena Community Action Council par-
ticipating. These agencies were responsible
for providing emergency food and shelter.
Public or private voluntary agencies inter-
ested in applying for Emergency Food and
Shelter Program funds must contact Dana
Patsie at Otter Tail-Wadena Community Ac-
tion Council at (218) 385-2900 for an appli-
cation. Applications must be submitted by
4:30PM on October 10, 2011.