Barry county has been awarded federal funds made available through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter national board program. Barry county has been chosen to receive $7,329.00 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county through a State-Set Aside fund allocated by the Michigan Association of United Ways. 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. The Phase 36 110 local 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 the Salvation Army, Barry County Commissioners, Hastings area Ministerial Association, Continuum of Care, Commission on Aging and Barry County United Way will determine how the funds awarded to Barry 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 made available under this phase of the program. Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private voluntary nonprofits 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. Barry County distributed emergency food and shelter funds in the last phase (Phase 35) to Manna’s Market, Barry County United Way, and the Food Bank of South Central MI. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for emergency food and shelter program funds must contact Morgan Johnson at the Barry County United Way at firstname.lastname@example.org or 269-945-4010. Please mail or fax the request to: Barry County United Way: Attention: FEMA/EFSP, 231 South Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058 fax number: (269) 945-4536. For an application. The deadline for applications to be received is Friday, September 6, 2019 by 5pm.