Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Many New York families must make difficult choices about how to stretch their income each month—just as one bill gets paid, another comes along.  The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), administered by United Way of New York City, provides income support to low-income New Yorkers on an emergency basis to prevent hunger, preserve housing, provide shelter, and support basic energy needs.

This past funding year, EFSP:

  • Supported 470 soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and agencies by providing emergency rent and utility assistance
  • Provided approximately one million meals
  • Assisted over 1,200 households on the verge of eviction or loss of essential utility services

Click here to apply for EFSP funding.