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 501(c)(3) non-profits, faith-based organizations, 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 Phase 41 Grants Funding

The Monterey County EFSP program has received $320,785 in Phase 41 funds. Eligible organizations that can apply for grants are nonprofits, faith-based, or governmental entities.

Phase 41 Grantees

Download the PDF of Phase 41 Grantees

Agency Award Category Award Amount
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey Rent Assistance $75,000.00
Gathering for Women Rent Assistance/Emergency Food $18,000.00
Meals On Wheels of the Salinas Valley Emergency Food $37,500.00
Sun Street Centers Emergency Food $43,125.00
Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps Emergency Shelter $25,040.00
City of Greenfield Hotel/Motel Vouchers $30,000.00
Community Human Services Emergency Food $50,000.00
Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra Emergency Food $42,120.00


Eligible Expenses and Program Strategies:

For a detailed look at eligible expenses, click here.

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 Leadership 

The 2024 Monterey County Local Emergency Food and Shelter Board is:

  • John Bennet - Major, Salvation Army, Monterey Peninsula Corps 
  • Jill Allen - Executive Director, Dorothy's Place  
  • Angela Di Novella - Executive Director, Catholic Charities 
  • Josh Madfis (Chair) - Vice President, Community Investments, United Way Monterey County 
  • Michele Averill - Chief Executive Officer, American Red Cross of the Central Coast 
  • Carissa A. Purnell - Director of Health & Wellness, Salinas City School District 
  • David Balch - Executive Director, Closer Walk 
  • Fabiola Lopez - Grants Coordinator, City of Greenfield 
  • Adriana Y Narez-Tapia - Management Analyst II, Monterey County Department of Social Services 
  • Donna Smith - Program Coordinator, Homeless Children and Youth Services, Monterey County Office of Education 

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