Representatives of five local help agencies got together Tuesday afternoon to decide how to divide approximately $18,000 in federal aid.

The meeting is a requirement of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said Cindy Burnett, grants administrator for Help-In-Crisis.

HIC will receive an equal share of the $18,279 with Cookson Hills Community Action, Salvation Army, Hope House and Care Food Pantry.

“The same five agencies have split the money for several years,” Burnett said. “It’s a food and shelter grant for shelters and food pantries.”

The participating agencies are required to complete paperwork distributed at the meeting and return it to Burnett. It must be back to FEMA by Feb. 3.

Last year, the entities split $18,540.

Burnett said the local groups feel fortunate to get the funding, and only have it cut a small amount given the funds needed for hurricane victims and other disasters.

The same group will meet again at noon July 2 as part of the funding requirements.

No other agencies were present to ask for any of the funding. Burnett said notice of the meeting was placed in the newspaper and posted at the Cherokee County Courthouse to meet notice requirements.

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