Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)


The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) has allocated $125,581 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in St. Lucie County during Phase 38. 

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

  •         Be a 501(c)(3) non-profit or agency 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 and/or shelter programs
  •         Have a voluntary board that meets at least semi-annually.

Eligible organizations may request a minimum of $1,000 per organization.

EFSP funds must be used to supplement or expand existing resources. The local EFSP board for St. Lucie County has determined that the funds will be allocated for  Served Meals (10%) and Rent/Mortgage (90%). EFSP funds are distributed on a reimbursement basis and require specific documentation for proof of purchase.


Complete the Phase 38  Funding Application. Click here to apply. 


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 38 years of operation, the national program has disbursed over $ 5.03 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 St. Lucie County facilitates a local board of community volunteers who decide how the funds from EFSP are distributed within St. Lucie County each year.

In 2020 (Phase 37 and CARES Act), more than $291,930 was distributed from EFSP to emergency food and shelter centers in St. Lucie County to support for people in need.

For more information about EFSP, click here.


For more information about how to apply for EFSP funds in St. Lucie County, contact Jeff.Howard@uwslo.org or call 772-464-5300.