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Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program began in 1983 with a $50 million federal appropriation. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter.

The program is governed by a National Board composed of representatives of the 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. The Board is chaired by a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

How Are Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funds Used?

Program funds are used to provide the following, as determined by the Local Board in funded jurisdictions:

  • Food, in the form of served meals or groceries.
  • Lodging in a mass shelter or hotel.
  • One month's rent or mortgage payment.
  • One month's utility bill.
  • Equipment necessary to feed or shelter people, up to a $300 limit per item.

How Does My Agency or Organization Apply?

When a jurisdiction is funded, the Local Board through United Way of Central Oklahoma must advertise the availability of funds. Local organizations, whether nonprofit or governmental, may apply. The Local Board is responsible for considering all applications, and for determining which organizations will receive funds. The Local Board also determines which services are funded. Nonprofits and government agencies must submit an application and original, signed Local Recipient Organization (LRO) Certification to be considered for funding. The EFSP Application, LRO Certification and other important information is available for download and review.

Phase 34 Application Deadline: June 23, 2017

Please return forms to:

1444 NW 28th St.

Oklahoma City, Ok 73106


aunderkoffler [at] unitedwayokc [dot] org