The Emergency Food and Shelter Program is a federal program administered nationally by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency. It is designed to supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services for the nation’s hungry, homeless and people in economic crisis.

On behalf of Franklin County, the United Way of the Tri-Valley Area convenes the local EFSP board, which determines the allocation of this money to area organizations who meet the criteria of the program. Past recipients include, but are not limited to; Clearwater Ministries, United Methodist Economic Ministry, Wilton Area Food Pantry, SeniorsPlus, Tri-Town Ministerial Association, Care and Share Food Closet, Stratton/Eustis Food Pantry, Safe Voices, Phillips Area Food Pantry and the town of Carthage.

United Way recently received notice it is the recipient of State Set-Aside Program dollars, a subset of the EFSP program funding. The deadline for application for funding is July 22, 2013. Applications are available by calling 778-5048.

Through the EFSP program, UWTVA has allocated more than $140,000 in emergency food and shelter assistance in the last eight years alone.

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