Funding Available for Food & Shelter


Request for Proposals for Funding to Supplement Emergency Food and Shelter Programs in Maricopa County Is Announced

 Phoenix, AZ, April 12, 2018 – The Local Board of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) in Maricopa County is requesting proposals for funding to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county for Phase 35. The amount of funding expected for Phase 35 is $1,678,783.00.  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 may be made available by a federal appropriation from Congress to the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The Local Maricopa County EFSP Board will distribute any funds that may be received through this program that will expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in Maricopa County.  The local board, 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 Association of Arizona Food Banks and the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness will determine how the possible  funds awarded to Maricopa County are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. 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 the Local Maricopa County EFSP Board.

Local agencies chosen to receive funds must:

  • be a 501 (c)(3) non-profit or a unit of government,
  • 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 Maricopa County 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 35 must email WHEAT at wheat@HungerHurts.org  for a Password and User ID to access the online application on or after Wednesday, April 25, 2018. 
  • Applications are submitted via an online system and will be available on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.  
  • Applicants new to the process will need to attend an orientation on the funding and application process prior to applying. 
  • The deadline for applications to be received is Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 2:00 pm. 


Questions concerning this process may be directed to WHEAT by email wheat@HungerHurts.org or by telephone at 602-955-5076.


WHEAT  (www.HungerHurts.org) is a statewide anti-hunger organization staffing the Emergency Food and Shelter Program for Maricopa County.

Download a copy of this Press Release here.

Fair Trade Chocolate

WHEAT’s Fair Trade Store only carries Fair Trade Certified Chocolate.  After years of taste testing, (it’s a tough job, we know!) we think the best is from Equal Exchange.  Stop by and pick up a bar or two ~ we think you’ll agree!

2017 WH Fair Trade Logo with text-01


Chocolate. Milk or dark with Cornish sea salt? Behind every luscious chocolate bar and treat we devour throughout the year, there are six million people globally who depend on growing cocoa for their livelihoods. Fair Trade has breathed a new lease of life into entire cocoa farming communities in the poorest parts of the world.

  1. Most cocoa farmers live on less than a $1 a day. Poverty, and its many related issues, such as child labor, is the key challenge faced by cocoa growing communities. With Fair Trade sales, farmers are improving the quality and productivity of their farms, to increase incomes.
  2. 25% of all Fair Trade cocoa growers are women.  Women cocoa farmers in Côte D’Ivoire face many challenges and are taking charge of their own futures.
  3. Education is key to the future of cocoa communities. Fair Trade Africa currently trains cocoa farmers in financial management, governance, good agricultural practices, gender and child labor. This will form part of the Fair Trade West Africa Cocoa Program, being implemented over a period from 2015 to 2020.


Equal Exchange chocolates and cocoas are crafted using only the purest ingredients, grown with care by small farmer co-ops. We source from these small farmer organizations because we believe they are the heart and soul of the Fair Trade movement.


At Equal Exchange the workers all walk around like they own the place. That’s because they all do!  The co-op has over 100 worker-owners, each with an equal stake – and an equal vote – in the business.




Celebrate International Women’s Day – March 8

Gender equality and women’s empowerment are fundamental to ending extreme poverty and promoting resilient, democratic societies. When women play an active role in civil society and politics, governments tend to be more open, responsive and transparent. When women are at the negotiating table, peace agreements are more durable.

Neptune, Bobby (2016, February 18).

Women and girls are poised to be key drivers of progress and growth but they need to be empowered through equal rights and equal opportunities. They need to be prepared for a 21st century economy through connection to finance, digital literacy, science, technology, engineering, agriculture and mathematics.

And they need to be valued as leaders, peace-builders, and breadwinners in their communities and societies.

(2016, February 18). Empowering women and girls. Retrieved from usaid.gov.

WHEAT’s Story

When Jaye applied for WHEAT’s Training & Mentoring Program, she had years of experience working and always had to have more than one job in order to pay the rent, put food on the table for her 3 children and make sure they had clothes to wear to school. Jaye found herself in dire straits when she couldn’t find a second job after being laid off. For the first time, she found herself in line at the Food Bank, getting a food box and applying for SNAP. Jaye is a caring mother and wants the very best for her children, but she knew she needed to get a better job, but was afraid to give up the one she had. Jaye was underemployed. She was an exemplary student, always on time and always lending a hand to others in her class.

She excelled at customer service and relationship building. Her on-the-job experience was at a local non-profit agency, helping to guide clients to the right resources and services. When Jaye graduated from the 10-week program, she had many fruitful interviews. One she thought went particularly well and she was called back twice. She was getting a bit dejected, when finally the call came. SHE WAS HIRED. Jaye is now working behind the counter in a team leader position at a national rental car agency. They are providing her with benefits, something she never had before; a salary for a full-time position AND opportunities for growth in the company and advancement! Jaye has been employed and out of the program for 1-year and is now coming back to share her story as a presenter at WHEAT’s networking sessions for new participants.