Emergency Food & Shelter Program

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was established on March 24, 1983, with the signing of the “Jobs Stimulus Bill,” Public Law 98-8. That legislation created a National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that consisted of representatives of the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army, and United Way Worldwide. The EFSP was authorized under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (P.L. 100-77 signed into law on July 24, 1987, since renamed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and subsequently reauthorized under P.L. 100- 628, signed into law on November 7, 1988). Since 1983 the EFSP will have distributed $4.4 billion to over 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country.

To be considered for funding, an organization must:

  • Be a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit organization in good standing and listed in Guidestar or a government agency
  • Have a checking account and sign up for EFT
  • Have a federal employer identification number or EIN
  • Have a DUNS number
  • A one-year history of documented, supportive evidence of your organization’s efforts at providing assistance with food, shelter, etc., as may be covered by this program.
  • Practice nondiscrimination. Agencies with a religious affiliation wishing to participate in the program must not refuse services to an applicant based on religion or require attendance at religious services as a condition of assistance, nor will such groups engage in any religious proselytizing in any program receiving EFSP funds
  • Have a voluntary board if private and not-for-profit
  • Agency’s most recent annual audit and total operating budget
  • Volunteer Board of Directors

Click Here EF&SP PHASE 39 Application Deadline for submission  March 1, 2022

Click Here Ef&SP PHASE ARPA-R Application Deadline for submission  March 1, 2022

Wilson County EF&SP Application Contact – Kathy Berni United Way of Wilson County Resource Development Director development@unitedwayofwilson.org

United Way of Wilson County