Emergency Food & Shelter Program

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program began in 1983 with a $50 million federal appropriation. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter.

The program is governed by a National Board composed of representatives of:  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. The Board is chaired by a representative of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

During its 33 years of operation, the program disbursed over $4.198 billion to over 14,000 local providers in more than 2,500 counties and cities.

United Way of the Wine Country is administering the Local Boards for Sonoma, Lake, and Mendocino Counties. Program funds are used to provide the following, as determined by the Local Boards:
• Food, in the form of served meals or groceries.
• Lodging in a mass shelter or hotel.
• One month’s rent or mortgage payment.
• One month’s utility bill.
• Equipment necessary to feed or shelter people.

There will be more information about the application process to come. For more information, please contact Kelly Musca at [email protected] or 707-528-4485 ext. 115.