Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies (not disaster-related [i.e., fires of any kind, floods, tornadoes, etc.] emergencies). The EFSP funding is open to all organizations helping hungry and homeless people. EFSP Funding are Federal funds made available through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency.

EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only. NOT to substitute, reimburse or provide seed money for a new program.

Program expenditures are limited to food, meals, shelter, rent/mortgage assistance, and utility assistance.

To be eligible to receive funds from EFSP, you must first complete the Emergency Food and Shelter Program Application and submit it electronically along with required documentation by the due date stated. You will be notified if your agency is selected to receive funds from EFSP.

 

GLYNN COUNTY HAS BEEN AWARDED FEDERAL FUNDS MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY (DHS)/FEDERAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AGENCY UNDER THE EMERGENCY FOOD AND SHELTER NATIONAL BOARD PROGRAM.

For Phase 38, Glynn County has been chosen to receive $29,022 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from 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 Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A Local Board made up of diverse Glynn County representatives will determine how the funds awarded to Glynn County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area.  The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:  1) be private voluntary non-profits or units of government, 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds, 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice non-discrimination, 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization, have a voluntary board.  Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Glynn County has distributed Emergency Food and Shelter funds previously with Glynn Community Crisis Center, Inc., The Salvation Army, America’s Second Harvest and FaithWorks.  These agencies were responsible for providing meals and lodging. 

Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds may visit www.uwcga.org or contact Carla Chockley by email at carla@uwcga.org for an application.  The deadline for applications to be received is January 22, 2021.