The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was established on March 24, 1983, and is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that consists of representatives from 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.
Since 1983, in its 33-year history, EFSP will have distributed $3.8 billion to over 14,000 human service agencies in more than 2,500 communities across the country through this collaborative effort between the private and public sectors.
Locally, United Way of Androscoggin County convenes the Local Board and facilitates this process. In 2015, more than $47,000 was granted to agencies and programs serving individuals and families in crisis. Local food pantries and shelters provide access to basic needs so our neighbors can focus on what’s really important – getting back on their feet.
Agencies seeking funding must be a 501(c)3 or Government entity and complete an application. Applications are due by August 31st at 12:00 noon.
To learn more about this federal program - https://www.efsp.unitedway.org/efsp/website/index.cfm
To learn more about the local program - call Larry Marcoux at (207) 795-4000 ext. 201.