Emergency Food and Shelter Program

About Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Winnebago County has been chosen to receive $178,374 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.  

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 Board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress to help expand the capacity of food and shelter program in high-need areas around the country.  

A Local Board, consisting of representatives from local nonprofit human service agencies, governmental entities, and the community at large will determine how the funds are to be distributed among the emergency food and shelter programs run by local service agencies in Winnebago County. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made 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 units 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 service providers in Winnebago County are urged to apply.

Public or private agencies interested in applying for funds

Click below to access the application form.

Completed applications must be received no later than 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021 to:

United Way of Rock River Valley
Attn: EFSP
612 N. Main Street, Suite 300
Rockford, IL 61103
Or email applications to lindac@unitedwayrrv.org.

If submitting an application via USPS mail, please allow enough time for it to be received in our offices by Friday, January 15.

More information

For more on eligible services and expenditures, as well as eligible applicant organizations, click here.

For more general information on EFSP, click here.