Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was established on March 24, 1983, with the signing of the "Jobs Stimulus Bill." 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, The Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army and United Way Worldwide. 

EFSP funds are intended to respond to the changing hunger/homeless needs; not to maintain the status quo. The intent of EFSP funding is to address hunger/homeless needs to make a difference - not to simply spread dollars among all eligible applicants. Additionally, The National Board encourages Local Boards, the decision-making local bodies, to place special emphasis on the identification of and the assistance to the elderly, families with children, Native Americans and Veterans. 

EFSP funds are typically available yearly. UWSEI publishes a press release once the National Board notifies UWSEI regarding the availability of funds. The press release will explain how to apply for funding. UWSEI is required to keep the application open for 10 days following the publication. 

Funding comes directly from the federal EFSP fund. To find out more about EFSP funding please visit their website or review the EFSP Manual

Please contact Molly Olson at 208-232-1389 or molly@unitedwaysei.org for more information.