Cherokee County has been chosen to receive $4,437.00 by the Kansas Set-Aside committee to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county. An additional $6,338 has been awarded to Cherokee County through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

    The selection was made by the National Board that is chaired by the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from The American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; United Jewish Communities 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 several area churches, private non-profit organizations and local government officials will determine how the funds awarded to Cherokee 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 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 capacity 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.

Cherokee County has   distributed emergency food and shelter funds previously with, First United Methodist Church, Manna Depot, SEK-CAP, Neutral Lands Cherokee and First Presbyterian Church participating.

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for emergency food & shelter program funds must contact Jami Crowder, 204 N. Pine, Pittsburg. (620) 231-5400 ext. 2, for an application. The deadline for applications to be received is 3 p.m. Friday, May 8, 2009.