Cumberland County has been awarded $153,890 under Phase 31 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) to help supplement and expand local emergency food and shelter programs. Funded agencies use EFSP funds for mass shelter, mass feeding, food distribution through food pantries, food banks and food vouchers, one-month utility payments to prevent service disconnection, one-month rent/mortgage assistance to prevent evictions, and to assist people that leave shelters establish stable living conditions.

  • Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network (Emergency Shelter for Homeless Families) $36,267
  • Operation Blessing of Fayetteville- ($15,000 total award)
  • Food Voucher Program- $5,000
  • Utility Assistance Program- $10,000
  • The Salvation Army- ($75,000 total award)
  • Temporary Emergency Shelter- $50,000
  • Feeding Program- $25,000
  • United Way of Cumberland County (Admin. of the EFSP Program) – $3,078
  • Veterans Empowering Veterans – ($11,545 total award)

The National Board designated United Way of Cumberland County to serve as the administrator to the local board. The local board is comprised of representatives from Cumberland Interfaith Hospitality Network, Cumberland County Coordinating Council on Older Adults, The Salvation Army, Beth Israel Federated Charities, Catholic Charities, Cumberland County Department of Social Services, Fayetteville Urban Ministry, Cumberland County Community Development, American Red Cross, Cumberland County Indian Housing Authority, Cumberland County Schools, Fayetteville VA Medical Center, and United Way of Cumberland County.

The EFSP Local Board’s responsibility is to:

  • Consider all private voluntary and public organizations currently providing or capable of providing emergency food and shelter programs.
  • Select and recommend which local organizations should receive funding and the amounts of the funding awards.
  • Advertise the availability of funds.
  • Establish priorities among community needs.
  • Award funds to nonprofit and government emergency food and shelter agencies.
  • Monitor program compliance to Rules and Regulations set forth by the National EFSP Board.

Local Recipient Organizations chosen to receive funds must:

  • Be private, not for profit agencies or units of government.
  • Have an accounting system.
  • Practice non-discrimination.
  • Have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs.
  • Have an active volunteer board of directors.

About the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program was created with a $50 million federal appropriation under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1983. The program was created by Congress to help meet the needs of hungry and homeless people throughout the United States and its territories by allocating federal funds for the provision of food and shelter. The national 2013 appropriation of $113,805,031brings the total Emergency Food and Shelter Program distribution to more than $3.9 billion over the program’s 31-year history.

Jurisdictions/areas that qualified for funding awards under Phase 31 were selected according to one of the following thresholds:

  • Jurisdictions with 300 or more unemployed and a 9.8% rate of unemployment.
  • Jurisdictions with 300 or more unemployed and a 16.3% rate of poverty.