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 Phase 38

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was appropriated its annual funding for FY 2021 of $276,171. The Local Board is prioritizing rent assistance and food with this funding cycle.

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
Key Dates
  • Funding Periods: The grant spending period for Phase 38 funding is January 1, 2020 through May 31, 2021.
  • Proposals Accepted: January 19–February 1, 2021
  • Awards Announced: February 4, 2021

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


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 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 37 & CARES Act Announcements

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was appropriated supplemental funds under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act as well as its annual appropriation in FY 2020 in the amount of $699,904. Click here for a detailed breakdown of the Phase 36 Awardees.

Nonprofit, faith-based, or local government agencies that provide food and shelter services may apply for funds.

EFS Phase 37 Recipients
  • Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
  • Boys and Girls Club of Monterey County 
  • Catholic Charities Diocese of Monterey 
  • Central Coast Center for Independent Living (CCCIL) 
  • City of Gonzales
  • City of Salinas
  • City of Seaside
  • Community Human Services 
  • Food Bank for Monterey County
  • Franciscan Workers of Junipero Serra
  • Gathering for Women
  • I-HELP
  • Love Our Central Coast
  • Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula
  • Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley
  • Mujeres en Accion /Women in Action
  • PVPSA Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance, Inc.
  • Rancho Cielo
  • Monterey County Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • The Salvation Army Monterey Peninsula Corps
  • Sun Street Centers
  • The Village Project Inc.
  • YWCA Monterey County

Local Leadership

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
  • Aurelio Salazar - Director of Family Supportive Services, 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
  • Hana Kong - Program Officer, Monterey Peninsula Foundation
  • Roxanne Wilson - Executive Director, Coalition of Homeless Services
  • Carissa A. Purnell - Director, Alisal Family Resource Centers, Alisal Union School District
  • 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