Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

Support for people with economic emergencies.

EFSP is a federal program administered by United Way of Greater Atlanta and governed by eight local boards. It was created to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both governmental and non-profit, in an effort to help people with economic (NOT disaster-related) emergencies.

Since 2012, agencies in eight counties across the Greater Atlanta region have received nearly $300,000 in emergency financial assistance from the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).

EFSP funds are used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering), rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts, and is governed by a National Board that selects jurisdictions for funding. Each jurisdiction maintains a Local Board charged with determining the highest needs and best use of funds for that jurisdiction.


What agencies are eligible to apply for EFSP funds?

Any agency holding 501-c-3 tax-exempt status, has been in operation for at least three years and provides one or more of the following services:

  • Mass shelter (ex: night shelter, transitional housing)
  • Mass feeding (ex: soup kitchens, home delivered meals)
  • Other food (ex: food pantries, grocery vouchers)
  • Temporary housing (ex: motel vouchers)
  • Rent, mortgage, or utility assistance


For more information, contact Charles Sterne at csterne@unitedwayatlanta.org.