Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program is funded by Congress to assist with efforts to provide food, shelter and supportive services for hungry and homeless people across the nation. Some communities are funded directly by the national Board, while others receive support from the state set-aside program. United Way of Pennsylvania serves as the administrator for the state-aside program, which is governed by an independent Board. State set-aside funds are allocated on a formula based on poverty rates, unemployment and participants in food stamps in each community. 

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EFSP Updates

Phase 31 final reports are due to the national Board by March 31, 2015

Phase 32 Board Plans and State Set-Aside Plans are now available. Pennsylvania's state set-aside committee met in mid-March and the comittee's recommendation for allocation of state set-aside funds has been submitted to the federal board for approval.

Phase 33 was funded at a level of $120 million for the current federal fiscal year which ends October 30, 2015. This funding was allocated as part of the Department of Homeland Security budget which was signed into law on March 4, 2015.