Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

Request for Proposals for Possible Funding to Supplement Emergency Food and Shelter Programs in Apache, Gila, Maricopa, Navajo, Pinal & Yavapai  Counties Is Announced

Phoenix, AZ, October 29, 2020 – The Local Boards of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in Apache, Gila, Maricopa, Navajo, Pinal and Yavapai Counties are requesting proposals for possible funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in those counties for Phase 38. The amount of funding for Phase 38 is not known at this time.  The selection of jurisdictions receiving any awards is made by a national board chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, and consists of representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities and United Way of America. Funding is made available by a federal appropriation from Congress to the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The Local EFSP Boards are made up of local representatives of local government, American Red Cross, Catholic Charities, USA, The National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, United Jewish Communities, the Native American Community, United Way of America, the Arizona Food Bank Network and the Arizona Housing Coalition.  They will determine how the possible funds awarded to these Counties are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area that will expand the capacity of their food and shelter programs.  The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds available under this phase of the program.  The WHEAT organization is acting as the administrative agency for these Local EFSP Boards in Phase 38.

Local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

  • be a 501 (c)(3) non-profit or a unit of government,
  • have a DUNS number,
  • have an accounting system,
  • practice non-discrimination,
  • have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs,
  • and if they are a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, have a voluntary board.

The Local EFSP Board will consider the awarding of funds to local organizations for the following purposes:

  • Food, in the form of served meals or groceries (food boxes),
  • Shelter, in the form of lodging in a mass shelter or rental assistance for first month’s rent or late rent.

Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.  Individuals cannot apply for this funding.

Agencies interested in applying for funding in Phase 38 MUST email WHEAT at EFSP@HungerHurts.org  for a Password and User ID to access the online application.  Applications are submitted via an online system and will be available on Wednesday, November 4, 2020.   Applicants new to the process will need to attend a Zoom orientation session on the funding and application process prior to applying.  The deadline for applications to be received is Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at Noon.

Questions concerning this process may be directed to WHEAT by email EFSP@HungerHurts.org

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WHEAT  (www.HungerHurts.org) is a statewide anti-hunger and poverty organization staffing the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Apache, Gila, Maricopa, Navajo, Pinal & Yavapai Counties and the Arizona State Set-Aside Committee.

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