PENDLETON - Umatilla County has been granted $54,915 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs throughout the county.

A local board that includes the United Way, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, state and county officials, representatives of various faith communities and ethnic groups will be convened to determine how the emergency funds will be distributed among local service organizations.

Under the terms of the grant from the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board, local organizations chosen to receive funds must 1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government; 2) have a viable accounting system; 3) practice nondiscrimination; 4) and have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.

"The Phase 21 federal grant provides basic, strategic services and we urge all qualified organizations to apply," said Lauren Dickey, director of the United Way of Umatilla County.

Public or private voluntary organizations interested in applying for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact the United Way of Umatilla County, 276-2661, for an application.

Deadline for submitting applications is Jan. 24, 2003.

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