Emergency Food & Shelter Program

Emergency Food and Shelter Program
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies (not disaster-related). EFSP funds may be used to provide economic assistance in the long term, even if the current circumstances may have been impacted by an earlier disaster occurrence. EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping hungry and homeless people. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage.

Emergency Food and Shelter Grants Phase 36 Now Open
Although the exact amount is not known at this time, last year $177,480.00 was awarded to service agencies in the community.
Click the link below to apply:

Eligible Expenses and Program Strategies
  • Food Purchases (food banks, pantries etc)
  • Transportation for food banks/pantries
  • Equipment and Consumable Supplies
  • Transportation for Mass Shelter/Mass Feeding
  • Building Code Repairs
  • Facility Improvements (ADA)
  • Mass Shelter Expenses
  • Mass Feeding Expenses
  • Rent/Mortgage Assistance

Local Board

Board Member agencies are representative of:
  • National Agencies: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, the Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide
  • Homeless Advocate
  • Local Non-Profits


Local Boards set funding priorities based on eligible program costs annually prior to the selection of agencies for funding. Local Boards must look at the resources available in the community, the emergency food and shelter needs of the community, gaps in services in the community and focus the dollars to address these needs in the areas of emergency food and shelter.
The priorities may vary from year to year, so each award phase must be evaluated individually.
Once priorities are set, the Local Board reviews proposals and selects organizations for funding to help meet the identified needs.
This year, the Local Board is requesting that applying agencies leverage partnerships, funding, and prevention solutions to complement the immediate relief provided by emergency food and shelter grants.