MONROE CITY, Mo. | Area agencies providing emergency food and shelter services could receive federal money set aside for a 10-county district in Missouri through the Federal Emergency Management Agency Emergency Food and Shelter grant — part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.
Diana Hendrix, director of the Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center, said agencies throughout District 13 — which covers Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Shelby and Warren counties — could be eligible for grant assistance through the Department of Homeland Security/ FEMA under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program. The National Board, made up of representatives from the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide, works with members of the Local Board, which Hendrix said includes representatives from entities throughout District 13.
Hendrix said Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center provides emergency food and shelter programs, and she stressed there were other entities providing similar services — agency representatives regularly meet with people from other agencies, learning more about the services they provide and how agencies can better coordinate their efforts to respond to needs amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“We participate and receive funding from the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter anyway, but this was something that CARES did that was new, and they reached out to us in our area to get the word out and allocate this money,” Hendrix said, noting the process of beginning to allocate the money throughout the district is underway with the application process. Hendrix said she recently received word of the funding for the district, with Marion County eligible for $9,613 through the FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter grant, stressing the news of the grant came at a time when it was especially welcome.
“This announcement is a blessing to many. We reach out and help a lot of people with various programs and services to help them remain independent,” Hendrix said. “We know times are hard, and people don't know who to reach out, or maybe they don't know there are services out there that can help them. I always say we're blessed in the rural area, because between United Way and other agencies and organizations, we all work together to try to make a difference and help others. This money coming down just allows us to do that much more.”
Hendrix encouraged agencies that meet the grant requirements established by the National Board: an entity must be a private voluntary nonprofit organization or division of government, be eligible to receive federal funds, have an accounting system, practice nondiscrimination, demonstrate the ability to provide emergency food and/or shelter programs and have a voluntary board if they are a private organization.
The deadline for applications to be received is 10 a.m. Thursday, May 28 to Diana Hendrix, 314 South Main, Monroe City, MO 63456, and Hendrix urged anyone with questions about the process or in need of an application to call and ask for her or Doris Mehrer at 573-735-2131, or reach out by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Monroe City Senior Nutrition Center website is https://www.monroecitynutritioncenter.com.