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).
• 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.