WHAT IS EFSP?
The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) 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 national board is chaired by a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
During its 38 years of operation, the national program has disbursed over $5 billion to over 14,000 local providers in more than 2,500 counties and cities.
Funds from EFSP are distributed to each county in the United States based on its current population size, unemployment rate, and poverty rate.
United Way of Benton & Franklin Counties facilitates a local board of community volunteers who decide how the funds from EFSP are distributed within Benton and Franklin Counties each year.
For more information about EFSP, go to https://www.efsp.unitedway.org/efsp/website/index.cfm.