The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) has allocated $71,239 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in Chelan and Douglas Counties during Phase 37. The EFSP Program has also allocated an additional $101,566 to Chelan and Douglas Counties to combat the effects of COVID-19 under the recently passed CARES Act.
To be eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, an organization must:
Be a 501(c)(3) non-profit or agency in good standing with the IRS
Practice non-discrimination (agencies with a religious affiliation, will not refuse service to a client based on religion, nor engage in religious proselytizing or religious counseling in any program receiving Federal funds)
Have the capacity to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
Have a voluntary board that meets at least semi-annually.
Eligible organizations may request a minimum of $1,000 per organization.
EFSP funds must be used to supplement or expand existing resources. The local EFSP board for Chelan and Douglas Counties has determined that the funds will be used for Served Meals, Other Food, Mass Shelter, Other Shelter, Supplies/Equipment, Rehabilitation/Emergency Repairs, Rent/Mortgage and Utilities categories. EFSP funds are distributed on a reimbursement basis and require specific documentation for proof of purchase.
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 36 years of operation, the national program has disbursed over $4.4 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 North Central Washington facilitates a local board of community volunteers who decide how the funds from EFSP are distributed within Chelan and Douglas Counties each year.
In 2019 (Phase 36), more than $75,000 was distributed from EFSP to local food banks and emergency food and shelter centers in Chelan and Douglas Counties to support for people in need.