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Phase 38, Fiscal Year 2020 Funding (as of February 1, 2021)

Phase 38, fiscal year 2020, Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) funding announcements were made on December 22, 2020. The chair and contact for all qualifying jurisdictions and all State Set-Aside (SSA) Committees were notified via email. Phase 38 Local Board Plans and SSA Committee Plans are available on the EFSP website, The chair and contact for each Local Board and SSA Committee may access the plans after logging into the EFSP website with their user ID and password.

This is a reminder that Board Plans and SSA Committee Plans are due to the National Board on Friday, February 5, 2021.  If a Local Board or SSA Committee cannot meet the deadline, plans may still be submitted to EFSP until further notice. However, the delay in submission of the Local Board Plan or SSA Committee Plan will cause delay in the processing and approving of plans to release funds to Local Recipient Organizations (LROs).

To allow sufficient time to thoughtfully provide services, the EFSP National Board has voted to allow Local Boards the option to extend their jurisdiction's spending period beyond the printed dates already offered previously, notification was shared with Local Boards via email. Local Boards may choose to spend Phase 38 funds to the end of any month from January 31, 2020 through October 31, 2021. Please note if no end date extension is selected when the Local Board Plan is submitted to the National Board, the spending period for the jurisdiction will automatically end October 31, 2021.

Local Boards may login with their user ID and password to view the full message.

EFSP staff is available to respond to any questions regarding the submission of the Phase 38 Local Board Plan or spending period extension requests.  Please feel free to contact the staff at or 703.706.9660.

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

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.

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.