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Communicating with EFSP Office Reminder (as of November 13, 2020)

This message is a reminder regarding communicating with the Emergency Food and Shelter Program office.

  • Local Boards and LROs needing to submit information to the EFSP National Board may fax to (703) 706-9677 or scan and email small documents to
  • Any inquiries regarding the EFSP may be sent via email to The office is open from 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, during office hours, staff is available to receive calls at 703-706-9660.

EFSP Office Closure (as of November 20, 2020)

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program office will close on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 12 noon. The office will also be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 26-27, 2020 for the Thanksgiving Holiday. On Monday, November 30, 2020, the EFSP office will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Phases 35 and 36 Final Reports Submission Deadline - October 23, 2020!

Final Reports for Phases 35 and 36 are available on the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) website.  Notice of Final Reports availability was sent to Local Boards on Wednesday, September 9, 2020. In the notice, Local Boards were advised that the deadline to submit Final Reports to the National Board is Friday, October 23, 2020.  If you have not submitted your jurisdiction’s Final Reports, please submit them by the deadline.

Local Boards must ensure LROs complete and submit Final Reports with spreadsheets via the EFSP website for review and approval. After receiving reports from funded LROs, Local Boards must review and approve each submission. Instructions for completing reports, submitting documentation, if requested, and the return of unspent funds are available on the website under the password protected section for Local Boards and LROs.  Please read the instructions on the Local Board homepage and under Final Reports on the website before contacting the LROs as there are significant changes to the submission of spreadsheets requirements.

Using the Local Board ID number and password, Local Boards may access Final Report information and instructions. In addition to the instructions for completing Final Reports from the National Board, pre-recorded trainings and the EFSP Website Guide is available under the password protected section of the website; it is recommended that you reference these resources for guidance.

Local Boards and LROs may access the full message by logging into the website. If you have questions regarding this message, please feel free to contact the EFSP staff at or 703.706.9660.

Preliminary Notification - Phase 38 (FY2020) Funding (as of November 24, 2020)

Update regarding Phase 38 FY2020 Funding: 

FEMA awarded the total FY2020 funding of $125 million appropriated by Congress to the EFSP and the National Board has allocated the funds by its formula to qualifying jurisdictions.  Included with the $125 million is $15 million in unused funds from prior years for reallocation, bringing the total allocation to $140 million. Phase 38 Allocations are now posted on the EFSP website and may be accessed under FY2019/2020/CARES Funding or by clicking here.

In the Preliminary Notification sent to Local Boards on November 5, 2020, it was stated there are processes (Federal and National Board) required to get funds to local jurisdictions and they are being completed. Once the National Board staff has finished updating materials, to account for new grant requirements and National Board program policies and procedures, official award announcements will be made. It is anticipated that award announcements will be made the week of December 14th. The announcements will be sent via email to the Local Board chair and contact in all qualifying jurisdictions and all State Set-Aside (SSA) Committees.

Please continue to check Latest News for the most recent program information.


Preliminary Message (as of November 5, 2020)

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board is providing this preliminary notice regarding Phase 38 fiscal year (FY2020) funding.  FEMA awarded to the National Board the $125 million appropriated by Congress to the EFSP in FY2020. It is anticipated that official awards to jurisdictions will be announced in the mid-November 2020 timeframe. The announcements will be sent by email to all qualifying jurisdictions and State Set-Aside (SSA) Committees.

Please be advised there are two important changes that have been made to the guidelines, as follows.  

Minimum Days to Advertise Funding Availability:  Under previous phases, Local Boards were required to allow at least 5 business days for local social service and government organizations interested in participating in the EFSP to submit applications from the date the funding availability announcement was placed in the local print media. Beginning with Phase 38, Local Boards will be required to allow interested organizations at least 10 business days to submit applications from the advertisement begin date. The National Board determined that allowing this additional time in the application process should be less demanding on both Local Boards and interested organizations, and would potentially encourage more organizations to apply for funding.

Timeframe for Local Board Plan Submission: The National Board also determined that Local Boards should be given additional time to submit their Board Plans. Rather than Board Plans being due to the National Board 25 days after they are made available to Local Boards, they will now be due 30 days after they are made available to Local Boards. The National Board hopes this additional 5 days for Board Plan submission will be helpful to Local Boards.

Local Boards will be given the option to extend their jurisdiction’s Phase 38 spending period. Phase 38 will run concurrently with Phase 37 and near to concurrently with CARES Act funding, as appropriate. The Phase 38 begin spending date for all funded jurisdictions will be January 1, 2020 and the last spending end date option that Local Boards may select will be May 31, 2021.

In order to prepare for the receipt of Phase 38 award notifications, Local Boards and SSA Committees should sign into the website using their user ID and password to update Local Board member information as soon as possible.  After signing into the website, select Manage LB Members to make any necessary changes.  By ensuring email addresses for both the Local Board chair and contact are accurate, delays in the receipt of the official award announcement can be prevented.

The National Board will continue to release Phase 37 and CARES Act payments to eligible LROs. Payments cannot be released to LROs with outstanding compliance exceptions in any phase; LROs must resolve them to receive funds.

Please continue to check Latest News for the most recent program information.

DUNS Numbers and Associated Information Reminder (as of August 24, 2020)

DUNS numbers alone are not sufficient for EFSP purposes and neither Local Boards nor LROs can enter this information on the EFSP website. DUNS numbers and associated information are required for all Local Recipient Organizations (LROs) receiving funds under the EFSP.  Funds cannot be released to LROs who have not provided this information.  The DUNS information form and instructions are posted under the Local Board and LRO section of the EFSP website.  This form (third page under the DUNS tab) must be completed accurately and either faxed to (703) 706-9677 or emailed to documentstoefsp@uww.unitedway.orgSimply providing the DUNS number alone does not fulfill the EFSP’s requirements; the form must be completed in its entirety.