Mecklenburg County has been awarded $162,309 to help supplement local emergency food and shelter efforts.


The funds were awarded through the state set-aside process under Phase 36 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). Congress has appropriated $120,000,000 to supplement and expand emergency food and shelter programs. With the receipt of the $120,000,000 for use in FY 2020 (Phase 35), the EFSP National Board has again reserved a portion of the funds for the state set-aside process. This process allows for additional flexibility in selecting jurisdictions for funding.


This state funding comes after Mecklenburg County again received the disappointing news that it did not meet the established thresholds to receive direct EFSP funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In previous years, Mecklenburg County received over $500,000 in direct funding from the national program.


A local EFSP board facilitated by United Way of Central Carolinas will determine how the funds are to be distributed to area service providers of emergency food and shelter programs in the county.


Eligible organizations must:


1) be a private, voluntary nonprofit or unit of government

2) eligible to receive federal funds

3) have an accounting system

4) practice non-discrimination

5) demonstrate the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs

6) if a private voluntary organization, must have a voluntary board


Qualifying organizations wishing to apply should contact Beth Reichert at 704.371.6260 or to request an application. Applications must be postmarked no later than August 16, 2019.