More than $31,000 in additional funds to supplement local food and shelter programs has been awarded to counties in Northeast Missouri.

More than $31,000 in additional funds to supplement local food and shelter programs has been awarded to counties in Northeast Missouri. Of that money, more than $7,300 has been designated to Marion County, while $879 will go to Ralls, $1,560 to Monroe, and $4,073 to Pike.

The money comes from the Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from 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. A 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.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Diana Hendrix — 314 South Main, Monroe City, Mo 63456 or at 573-735-2131 — for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is July 27.

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, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.