top of page

The Emergency Food and Shelter 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). 

Program Objectives:

  • Allocate funds to the neediest areas, 

  • Ensure fast response, 

  • Foster public/private sector cooperation, 

  • Ensure local decision-making, and 

  • Maintain minimal but accountable reporting. 

How Are Funds Used?

Program funds are used to provide the following through local organizations, 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. 

     • Three months of rent or mortgage payments. 

     • Three months' 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.

Phase 40 applications are closed at this time. 

bottom of page