Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The Bexar County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created by Congress in 1983 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. United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County is a sub-recipient and has a Local Board (#788600) that is responsible for the allocation of EFSP funds in its jurisdiction.

Thanks for your interest in the Bexar County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). 


Phase 35 Application

  • Application Instructions:
    • United Way Partner Agencies: Click HERE for application instructions.
    • All other applicants: Click HERE for log-in and application instructions.
  • Applications will be completed online using e-CImpact. Click HERE to access the application.
  • Application DEADLINE is May 4, 2018 at 4:00 pm CST.
  • Applications e-mailed or mailed/delivered to United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Phase 35 Timeline

  • Bexar County has received an award in the amount of $641,139.
  • The spending period will be February 1, 2018 through TBD. Local agencies responding to the RFP will have the opportunity to request funding to reimburse for past expenses back to TBD, as well as requesting funds to spend over the remaining term of Phase 35.
  • Notifications are expected to be provided to funded agencies by June 15, 2018.
  • Funding is released on a date selected by the EFSP National Board.

 EFSP Funded Category Information 

  • Served Meals: per meal allowance of $2.00/person
  • Other Foods: food pantries/food banks
  • Mass Shelter: per diem allowance of $12.50/person
  • Rental/Mortgage: one-month amount of rent or mortgage

Click HERE for Funding Criteria

Additional Resources

  • EFSP does not provide assistance directly to individuals. If you are an individual seeking emergency food and/or shelter services in Bexar County, call the United Way Helpline at 2-1-1 anytime day or night.
  • For EFSP national program information visit efsp.unitedway.org.
  • For additional information or questions, contact Susie Schumann at 210-352-7036 or sschumann@unitedwaysatx.org