OSCEOLA COUNTY -- Osceola County has been awarded $9,069, and an additional $12,930 via the CARES Act, from the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

A EFS Local Board is charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country. The local board will determine how the funds awarded to Osceola County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.

Under the terms of the grant from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program, local 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 and/or shelter programs, and

• If they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funds must contact Malinda Coss, Osceola County EFSP Board co-chair, at Malinda.Coss@usc.salvationarmy.org for an application.

The deadline for applications to be received is May 28. The EFSP local board meeting will be at 2 p.m., May 29, via Zoom. Attendance for new applicants is required.