Emergency Food and Shelter Program

EmergencyFoodBannerThe Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was established in 1983, with the signing of the “Jobs Stimulus Bill,” Public Law 98-8. That legislation created a National Board, chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that consisted 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.

Since 1983, in its 33-year history, the EFSP has distributed $4.198 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, the United Way of Northwest Louisiana serves as the administrator of this program for Caddo, Bossier, Desoto and Natchitoches parishes.

Grants are awarded for the following services:

  • Mass Shelter
  • Mass Feeding
  • Other Food
  • Rent/Mortgage Assistance
  • Utility Assistance
  • Temporary Housing

Public Notice for Funding

Grant Application Form

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the EFSP application process, please contact Lynn Stevens at 318-677-2504 or lynn@unitedwaynwla.org.