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County receives emergency food funds

Jefferson County has been chosen to receive an award of $12,104 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
   The funds are made available through the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency, under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board program.
   A local board made up of the Jefferson County United Way Committee and representatives from local government, as well as local churches and minority groups, will determine how the funds awarded to Jefferson County are to be distributed among emergency food and shelter programs.
   Agencies chosen to receive funds must:
   . Be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government.
   . Be eligible to receive federal funds.
   . Have an accounting system.
   . Practice nondiscrimination.
   . Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food or shelter programs.
   . If a private organization, they must have a voluntary board.
   Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.
   Jefferson County has distributed the funds previously to: the Jefferson County Food Bank, Jefferson County Meals On Wheels, Jefferson County Ministerial Association, Saving Grace, United Methodist Food Bag Program, Madras Gospel Mission, Neighbor Impact, and the Warm Springs Food Bank.
   These agencies provided over 3,500 meals and over 200 night's lodging for those in need last year.
   Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds, and who qualify, may contact either Floyd Courtain at 541-475-2783, 33 S.W. Cascade Lane, Madras, OR 97741, or Reba Powell at 541-475-3442, 126 Hillcrest St., Madras, OR 97741, for an application.
   The deadline for applications to be received is Dec. 15.