Emergency Food and Shelter Program


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Building a strong community that takes care of everyone who lives here depends on your generous support.

United Way Bay Area has distributed $61 million of EFSP funds since its inception.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was created by Congress in 1983 to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories. Money allocated through this program to Bay Area organizations is distributed through UWBA. We work tirelessly to ensure that our eight Bay Area counties continue to receive the appropriate level of funding through EFSP. The funds are used to help struggling Bay Area residents access food, shelter, rent or mortgage assistance, and help with bills and utilities.

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