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FEMA funds available for food and shelter programs 

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DOVER-FOXCROFT — Piscataquis 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.

The county has been chosen to receive about $5,200 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs from the agency. 

The local board will be holding a meeting to discuss the operations and funding at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the Peakes House located next to the Piscataquis County Courthouse. 

This group is responsible for discussing the needs of families and distributing the anticipated funds to this area in an effort to reach those individuals and families in high need. Past local recipients were from area food cupboards providing assistance in the Dover-Foxcroft and Greenville areas. 

Under the terms of the grant from the national board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must be private voluntary non-profits or units of government; be eligible to receive federal funds; have an accounting system; practice nondiscrimination; have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs; and if they are a private voluntary organization, have a volunteer board. 

For more information about the program, call 207-564-8660 or stop by the Piscataquis County Emergency Management Agency Monday through Friday (8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at 163 East Main St.

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