Emergency Food and Shelter Grants


The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both nonprofit and governmental, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies (not disaster-related). EFSP funds may be used to provide economic assistance in the long term, even if the current circumstances may have been impacted by an earlier disaster occurrence. EFSP funding is open to all 501c3 non-profits and government organizations helping hungry and homeless people. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering) and rent/mortgage. 

Emergency Food and Shelter Grants Phase 36 Announcements

On behalf of Local Board 077600 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program, UWMC is pleased to announce the availability of funding to supplement feeding, sheltering, and rental assistance efforts in Monterey County. A total of $328,297 is available. Click here for a detail breakdown of the Phase 36 Awardees.

Eligible Expenses and Program Strategies:
  • Food Purchases (food banks, pantries etc)
  • Transportation for food banks/pantries
  • Equipment and Consumable Supplies
  • Transportation for Mass Shelter/Mass Feeding
  • Building Code Repairs
  • Utility Assistance
  • Facility Improvements (ADA)
  • Mass Shelter Expenses
  • Mass Feeding Expenses
  • Rent/Mortgage Assistance
Local Board:

Board Member agencies are representative of:

  • National agencies: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), 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
  • Homeless Advocate
  • Local Non-Profits

Local Boards set funding priorities based on eligible program costs annually prior to the selection of agencies for funding. Local Boards must look at the resources available in the community, the emergency food and shelter needs of the community, gaps in services in the community and focus the dollars to address these needs in the areas of emergency food and shelter.

The priorities may vary from year to year, so each award phase must be evaluated individually.

Once priorities are set, the Local Board reviews proposals and selects organizations for funding to help meet the identified needs.

This year, the local Board is requesting that applying agencies leverage partnerships, funding, and prevention solutions to complement the immediate relief provided by emergency food and shelter grants.

Local Leadership

EFSP is governed by a National Board that selects jurisdictions for funding. Local Boards are convened in those qualifying jurisdictions to determine the highest need and best use of funds and to select Local Recipient Organizations (LROs). United Way Monterey County serves as convener of the Monterey County Local Board. The Monterey County Local Emergency Food and Shelter Board is:

  • Glorietta Rowland - Management Analyst II, Community Action Partnership Monterey County DSS Department of Social Services
  • Patti Bradley - Major, Salvation Army
  • Jill Allen - Executive Director, Dorthy's Place
  • Rabbi Bruce Greenbaum - Jewish Federation  
  • Josh Madfis - Vice President, Community Investments, United Way Monterey County
  • Kurt Schake - Executive Director, Veterans Transition Center
  • Noemy Loveless - Director of Student and Family Services, North Monterey County Unified School District
  • Aurelio Salazar - Director of Family Supportive Services, Catholic Charities
  • Michele Averill - Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of the Central Coast
  • Hana Kong - Program Officer, Monterey Peninsula Foundation
  • Carissa A. Purnell - Director, Alisal Family Resource Centers, Alisal Union School District
  • Elsa Quezada - Executive Director, Central Coast Center for Independent Living
  • Andrea Manzo - Regional Equity Director, Building Healthy Communities

For information about the Emergency Food and Shelter Program or Local Board 077600, please visit the EFSP website or contact:

Josh Madfis
Vice President, Community Investments
United Way Monterey County