Neshoba County has been chosen to receive $11,224 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from The Salvation Army; American Red Cross; United Jewish Communities; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the churches of Christ in the U.S. A.; and United Way of America.

The 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 Mayor, United Way, a minister, and other agencies will determine how the funds awarded to Neshoba 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.

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) have an accounting system, 3)practice nondiscrimination, 4) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 5)if they are a private voluntary organization, they must have a voluntary board.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Neshoba County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with the Multi-County Community Service Agency participating.

This agency was responsible for assisting over 70 clients.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Kaye Rowell at 601-656-1000 for an application.

The deadline for applications to be received is Dec. 27.