Emergency Food and Shelter Program



UWMOC manages and provides administrative support for both the Monmouth and Ocean County EFSP Board and program.

This national initiative was created to help people with economic emergencies by providing funding to local organizations to address hunger and homelessness. Each year, the local independent boards select community organizations to receive funding for services such as food, shelter, rent/mortgage and utility assistance.


For Phase 40 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), $511,054 in federal funds have been awarded to Monmouth and Ocean counties.

Applications for funding are currently closed.
Please check back for more information about Phase 41 funding.


Funds are made available through the Dept. of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program.

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by Dept of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from American Red Cross; Catholic Charities, USA; National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA; The Jewish Federations of North America; The Salvation Army; and United Way Worldwide. The Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A Local Board will determine how the funds awarded to each county are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under these phases of the program.
Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds must:
  • be private voluntary non-profits or units of government
  • be eligible to receive Federal funds
  • have an accounting system
  • practice nondiscrimination
  • have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs
  • have a voluntary board if they are a private voluntary organization