Southeast Region A, which includes Otoe, Cass, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee and Richardson counties, has been chosen to receive $30,151 in Emergency Food and Shelter Program funding to supplement EFSP programs in the area.

The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; and United Way of America, which will provide the administrative staff and function as the fiscal agent.

The 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 representatives from The Salvation Army; ministerial associations; government agency; Southeast Nebraska Community Action, Inc.; United Way; food pantries; American Red Cross; and homeless service providers will determine how the funds awarded to Southeast Region A 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.

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

Be private voluntary non-profits or units of government; Have an accounting system; Practice nondiscrimination; Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and-or shelter programs; And if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

Qualifying organizations are urged to apply.     

Southeast Region A distributed EFSP funds in the previous phase with SENCA and the Salvation Army participating. These agencies were responsible for providing more than 9,100 meals, and rent and utility assistance to 75 households under the EFSP.

Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for EFSP funds must contact local board Chairwoman Pam Armknecht at (402) 862-2411, ext. 105, for an application. The deadline for the application is June 10.