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 Grants Special Funding

The Monterey County EFSP program has received $1,021,864 in Phase 39 and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. Eligible organizations that can apply for grants are nonprofits, faith-based, or governmental entities.

Key Dates
Application Dates Spending Period
Due February 25th, by 5:00 p.m. TBD

Download all the necessary documents for applications here. Please submit completed applications by email to Kelly DeWolf at kelly.dewolfe@unitedwaymcca.org.

Emergency Food and Shelter Grants Phase 39 & APRA-R

Eligible Expenses and Program Strategies:

For a detailed look at eligible expenses, click here

  • Rent/Mortgage Assistance
  • Food Purchases (food, diapers, feminine hygiene products)
  • 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


Local Boards set funding priorities based on current needs and eligible program activities 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 is be evaluated individually.

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

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

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


Emergency Food and Shelter Grants Phase 38 Announcements

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was appropriated its annual funding for FY 2021 of $276,171.

EFS Phase 38 Recipients

  • Salvation Army
  • Gathering for Women
  • Food Bank of Monterey County
  • City of Gonzales
  • Central Coast Center for Independent Living
  • Meals on Wheels of Salinas
  • City of Seaside
  • Sun Street Centers
  • King City
  • YWCA of Monterey County
  • Access Support Network
  • Community Homeless Solutions

Local Board:

The 2020 Monterey County Local Emergency Food and Shelter Board is:

  • Glorietta Rowland - Management Analyst II, Community Action Partnership Monterey County DSS Department of Social Services
  • John Bennet - Major, Salvation Army, Monterey Peninsula Corps
  • Jill Allen - Executive Director, Dorothy's Place 
  • Roxanne Wilson - Executive Officer, Coalition of Homeless Services Providers
  • 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, Alisal Family Resource Centers, Alisal Union School District
  • David Balch - Executive Director, Closer Walk
  • Fabiola Lopez – Grants Coordinator, City of Greenfield

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