Emergency Food and Shelter Program

EFSP Phase 35 Funds available

May 4, 2018

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) has allocated $164,915 to supplement emergency food programs in Benton and Franklin Counties during Phase 35 (1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018).

To be eligible to apply for this funding opportunity, an organization must:

  • Be a 501(c)(3) non-profit or agency of government in good standing with the IRS
  • Be eligible to receive Federal funds
  • Have an accounting system
  • Have a valid Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN)
  • Have a Data Universal Number System (DUNS) number issued by Dun & Bradstreet
  • 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 programs
  • Have a voluntary board if private, not-for-profit

Eligible organizations may request up to a maximum of $50,000 per organization.

EFSP funds must be used to supplement or expand existing resources. The local EFSP board for Benton and Franklin Counties has determined that the funds will be used only for the Other Food category. The Other Food category is intended to allow agencies such as food pantries, food banks, and shelters to pay for the purchase of food items, food vouchers and food gift cards/certificates to assist in the feeding of eligible clients. EFSP funds are distributed on an reimbursement basis and require specific documentation for proof of purchase. The Phase 35 Funding Cycle is retroactive to January 1, 2018, which means eligible expenses dated January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018 can be reimbursed using EFSP funds with documented proof of purchase.

Eligible items in Other Food:

  • All food items
  • Diapers
  • Gift cards/certificates
  • Food vouchers
  • Boxes and plastic storage bags
  • Maintenance fees charged by food banks
  • Transportation costs for pickup and delivery of food, and for transporting clients to food distribution sites

Click here to view the EFSP Manual for all program requirements and procedures


The application window for Phase 35 is now closed.

Phase 35 Funding Cycle: 1/1/2018 - 12/31/2018

Application Window: Closed

Next Funding Cycle (Phase 36): 1/1/2019 - 12/31/2019 (estimated)

What is EFSP?

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 35 years of operation, the national program has disbursed over $4.198 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 Benton & Franklin Counties facilitates a local board of community volunteers who decide how the funds from EFSP are distributed within Benton and Franklin Counties each year.

In 2017 (Phase 34), over $164,000 was distributed from EFSP to local food banks and crisis intervention centers in Benton and Franklin Counties to support emergency food for people in need.

For more information about EFSP, go to https://www.efsp.unitedway.org/efsp/website/index.cfm.


For more information about how to apply for EFSP funds in Benton and Franklin Counties, contact grants@uwbfco.org or call 509-783-4102.