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Mid-Sioux Opportunity awarded money for emergency food and shelter program

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. was awarded $5,642 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Plymouth County.

A local board will determine how the funds awarded to Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc. are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations 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.

The selection was made by a National Board chaired by the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Management Agency 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.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local organizations chosen to receive funds must: (1) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government; (2) have an accounting system; (3) practice nondiscrimination; (4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and (5) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board. Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Inc., Julie CoIling, 418 South Marion Street, Remsen, IA 51050 or call 712-786-3415 by March 27, 2009.

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