Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Helping people in times of crisis

The National Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created by Congress in 1983 to help social service agencies provide emergency help to people in need.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) chairs the National Board, and United Way Worldwide is the fiscal agent and staff for the program.

Money is used to help struggling Virginia Peninsula residents access basic needs, including:

  • FOOD - soup kitchens, food, and restaurant vouchers, food pantry boxes
  • SHELTER - mass emergency shelter facilities and motel shelter vouchers
  • RENT/MORTGAGE - assistance with back rent to prevent homelessness
  • UTILITY - assistance with gas and electric bills