Emergency Food and Shelter Program


Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is a program created by Congress in 1983 to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people through the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds, awarded through the Department of Homeland Security, for the provision of food and shelter.  United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County manages the EFSP Bexar Local Board, #788600.

EFSP National Board:

Chair: Federal Emergency Management Agency – U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Secretariat and Fiscal Agent: United Way Worldwide

Members: National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; Catholic Charities USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; American Red Cross

During its 36 years of operation, the program has disbursed over $4.5 billion to over 14,000 local providers in more than 2,500 counties and cities.

EFSP Guiding Principles are:

  • Efficiency—fiscal administration, reporting and procedural guidance to Local Boards and Local Recipient Organizations (LROs)
  • Accountability—good steward of taxpayers’ dollars through reasonable oversight and transparency
  • Responsiveness—prioritize the allocation of supplemental funds to the neediest areas in the nation
  • Partnership—promote and strengthen collaboration between non-profit organizations and public sector
  • Facilitating—maximizing appropriate local decision-making through clear guidance and training


  • For an overview of EFSP, click here.
  • Glossary of EFSP Terms.
  • For more information about EFSP,  visit efsp.unitedway.org.

Round 2 – Supplemental Humanitarian Funding (now accepting applications)

Phase 36


Phase 36 Application

  • Access EFSP Phase 36 Application Guide HERE.
  • Login to e-CImpact to complete and submit your application HERE.
  • Application DEADLINE was June 21, 2019 at 4:00 pm CDT.
  • Applications e-mailed or mailed/delivered to United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Phase 36 Timeline

  • Bexar County has received an award in the amount of $728,195.
  • The spending period will be October 1, 2018 – December 31, 2019
  • Notifications are expected to be provided to funded agencies by July 22, 2019.
  • Funding is released on a date selected by the EFSP National Board.

 EFSP Funded Category Information 

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

Click HERE for Funding Criteria

EFSP Phase 36 Local Board Roster

Contact Us:

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 2-1-1 Texas/United Way Helpline at 2-1-1 anytime day or night.