Emergency, Food & Shelter Program (EFSP)

United Way of Central Louisiana is dedicated to helping individuals and families meet their immediate needs. Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds are essential to meeting those needs. EFSP funds go to local agencies that fight for every individual to have access to the basics such as food and shelter.


Program Impact



  • Provide funding to local agencies for basic needs programs


About Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created by Congress in 1983 to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States.

The EFSP Program supports nonprofit programs in Rapides Parish by providing funds for food, shelter, and supportive services to individuals and families who have economic emergencies. The funds come through a cooperative arrangement between United Way Worldwide and FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Congress apportions the amount to be distributed each year through this program.

A local EFSP board meets to allocate funds to local agencies as they arrive. United Way of Central Louisiana currently sits as the local board chair.

For more information, visit https://www.efsp.unitedway.org/efsp/website/index.cfm.


How to Apply




Still have questions, take a look at the EFSP Frequently Asked Questions document.