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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 to nonprofit or governmental organizations in local communities.

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?

Emergency Food and Shelter Funds are dispersed to and used by nonprofit or governmental organizations 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.

The Following Agencies Received Emergency Food and Shelter Funding in the last grant phase:

Community Action Agency of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma/Canadian Counties, Inc.

Phone: 405-232-0199


Mid-Del Food Pantry, Inc.

Phone: 405-732-3603


Neighborhood Services Organization.

Phone: 405-236-0452


The Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command.

Phone: 405-246-1100


Upward Transitions.

Phone: 405-232-5507


Birth Choice of Oklahoma, Inc.

Phone: 405-631-4477


YWCA Oklahoma City.

Phone: 405-948-1770


Skyline Urban Ministry.

Phone: 405-632-2644


Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City.

Phone: 405-424-5243


Pivot, Inc.

Phone: 405-262-6555


The Homeless Alliance, Inc.

Phone: 405-415-8410


Youth and Family Services, Inc.

Phone: 405-262-6555


Piedmont Service Center.

Phone: 405-373-4022


The Salvation Army Canadian County.

Phone: 405-295-2343


Delta Community Action Foundation, Inc.

Phone: 405-756-1100


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. Nonprofits and government agencies must submit an application and original, signed Local Recipient Organization (LRO) Certification to be considered for funding.

If you are a nonprofit or government agency interested in applying for funding from Phase 36 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, please contact Andrew Underkoffler at aunderkoffler [at] unitedwayokc [dot] org for a copy of the Phase 36 EFSP Application and additional paperwork.

EFSP Phase 36 Application Deadline: Wednesday July 10, 2019.


If you are an individual in need of emergency housing or food assistance, please call 2-1-1.