EMERGENCY FOOD & SHELTER (EFSP) a federal program administered by United Way, was created to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both non-profit and governmental, in an effort to help people experiencing severe economic crisis that is not the immediate result of a natural or man-made disaster. 

Local funding is determined by a board of local representatives of organizations as prescribed by the federal government.

Who is eligible to receive EFSP funds?

  • Any agency holding a 501c3 tax-exempt status that has been in operation for at least three years and provides one or more of the following services 
  • Mass shelter (for example: night shelter, transitional housing) 
  • Mass Feeding (for example: soup kitchens, home delivered meals) 
  • Other food (for example: food pantries, grocery vouchers) 
  • Temporary housing (for example: motel vouchers) 
  • Rent, mortgage, or utility assistance