The national Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies in an effort to help people with economic (not disaster-related) emergencies.

Locally, needs are assessed annually in an effort to adapt to particular community needs.

Eligible clients may receive utility, housing, or food assistance.

  • Income for all household members combined may not exceed 150% of current federal poverty guidelines.

  • Applicant must be the party responsible for costs of applicable benefit.

  • Applicant must present evidence of an extraordinary or exceptional circumstance that brought about the emergency situation.


Contact Info

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Community Action of Southern Kentucky
921 Beauty Ave., Bowling Green, KY 42101
Phone: 270-782-3162
Email: Melanie Lawrence,


The following counties have been selected to receive an award of Federal Funds through the
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency under the
Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program to supplement emergency food and shelter
programs in the county:

Butler $5,902
Edmonson $5,365
Metcalfe $6,341
Monroe $6,390

The selection was made by a National Board that is chaired by the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency and consists of representatives from
American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the
USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, The Salvation Army, and United Way
Worldwide. The Local Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help
expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas around the country.

A Local Board comprised of the area Judge Executives and community/business representatives
will determine how the funds awarded to these counties are to be distributed among the
emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in the area. The Local Board
is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds
available under this phase of the program.

Under the terms of the grant from the National Board, local agencies chosen to receive funds
must: 1) be private voluntary non-profits or unit of government, 2) be eligible to receive federal
funds 3) have an accounting system, 4) practice nondiscrimination, 5) have demonstrated the
capability to deliver emergency food and/or shelter programs, and 6) if they are a private
voluntary organization, have a voluntary board. Qualifying agencies are urged to apply.

Organizations applying must have an accounting system and have the ability to be their own
fiscal agent. Public or private entities interested in applying for EFSP funds must contact Community Action of Southern Kentucky, 921 Beauty Avenue, Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101, (270)782-3162, for an application. The deadline for applications is Thursday, August 1, 2019, 4:00 p.m., Central Standard Time.