A nine-county region of Northeast Missouri has been awarded more than $31,000 in federal funding for emergency food and shelter programs.

The money comes from the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency. It’s going to Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Pike, Ralls, Shelby and Warren counties.

A panel made up of elected officials and social service providers will decide how the money will be distributed to agencies that serve the disadvantaged. The goal is to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas.

Groups interested in applying for funding must call Linda Fritz at the NECAC office in Bowling Green at 573-324-2170. The deadline is April 10, with allocations determined on April 14.

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