Emergency Food & Shelter Program

Konza United Way Connects our Communities to Federal Support

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 from:

  • The 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

  • 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.


EFSP Guiding Principles

  • Efficiency—fiscal administration, reporting and procedural guidance to Local Boards and 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

How Are Emergency Food and Shelter Program Funds Used?

Program funds are used to provide the following, as determined by the Local Board in funded jurisdictions:

  • 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, up to a $300 limit per item.

Riley County was been awarded $20,333 for Phase 37 and $28,989 for Phase CARES.

Manhattan, Pottawatomie and Riley County has been awarded $7,126 for Phase 37 and $10,160 for Phase CARES

Riley County

Manhattan, Pottawatomie/Riley Countyunty

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555 Poyntz, Suite 245

P.O. Box 922

Manhattan, KS 66505-0922

(785) 776-3779


Tara Claussen

Chief Executive Officer


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