Osceola food pantries to receive funding

OSCEOLA COUNTY - Osceola County has been awarded $9,907 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

A Local Board made up of local social service agencies, local government and churches 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.  The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program in order to expand capacity of local food and shelter programs.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Osceola County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with the Shepherd’s Table, Sears FP, Reed City Ministerial, NW Osceola Emergency Food Pantry, Mid Michigan Community Action, Marion Area Food Pantry, WISE, and Salvation Army participating.  These agencies were responsible for providing 2,292 meals, 11 utility payments and 8 rent payments, which effected/helped over 450 individuals.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Malinda Cross, Osceola County EFSP Board Chair (231-796-5597) for an application.  The deadline for applications to be received is November 19, 2012.