Stay Informed

Emergency Food & Shelter Program

Why it matters

The most basic need for all people is food and nutrition. As more families are faced with dwindling resources, they often do not have enough money to purchase the food they need. In many cases, these families also need other support. According to Feeding America:

  • 24% of Wayne County’s population (471,470 people) is Food Insecure, of which 140,190 are children;
  • 15% of Oakland County’s population (183,660 people) is Food Insecure, of which 49,190 are children;
  • 17% of Macomb County’s population (146,510 people) is Food Insecure, of which 61,910 are children.

Food insecurity is a term used when individuals or families do not know where they will find their next meal.

What we're doing

The Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) was created to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies, both governmental and nonprofit, in an effort to help people with economic emergencies. EFSP funds must be used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional sheltering), rent/mortgage and utility assistance efforts only. The EFSP program is governed by a national board, and each area is also governed by a local board charged with distributing funds to address the highest need. United Way for Southeastern Michigan chairs the local board and administers the EFSP in the City of Detroit and Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties.

Our Goals

United Way’s goal for EFSP is to make the best use of the funding we receive by aligning community needs with funding awarded to partners so that we can meet efficiencies in procurement and distribution.