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Office of Community Action Programs

EFSP/FEMA (Emergency Food and Shelter Program)

The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program was established in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations within the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance. The program began in 1983 with a $50 million federal appropriation and 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. This collaborative effort between the private and public sectors has disbursed over $2.3 billion in Federal funds during its 21-year history.

The program is governed by a national board composed of representatives of the American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; United Jewish Communities; The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A.; The Salvation Army; and United Way of America. The Board is chaired by a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

During its 20 years of operation, the program has disbursed over $2 billion to over 11,000 local providers in more than 2,500 counties and cities.

Program Objectives:

  • to allocate funds to the neediest areas,
  • to ensure fast response,
  • to foster public/private sector cooperation,
  • to ensure local decision making, and
  • to maintain minimal, but accountable, reporting.

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.
  • Minimal repairs to allow a mass feeding or sheltering facility to function during the program year.
  • Equipment necessary to feed or shelter people, up to a $300 limit per item.

For more information on our Emergency Food and Shelter Program, contact the Office of Community Action at (985) 537-7603 or toll free at 1-800-794-3160.


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