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$2 a week will feed breakfast to a family of five for a month (The Salvation Army).


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Emergency Food & Shelter Program

December 9, 2013. Fred Buckingham of United Way reports $184,220 in federal funds have just been released for emergency food and shelter providers in Merced County. Mr. Buckingham, an employee of United Way of Merced County, is the chair of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) Local Board.

The EFSP was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations within the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance. This collaborative effort between the private and public sectors has provided more than $3.9 billion in Federal funds during its 31-year history. The amount of funding the EFSP administers to communities throughout the nation is dependent on multiple factors, including the local unemployment rate.

After the annual appropriations bill is signed by the President, the local EFSP board advertizes availability of funds and accepts applications from providers of emergency food and/or emergency shelter. The local EFSP board is comprised of representatives of the following agencies: Bible Christian Church, Calvary Temple Pentecostal Church of God, Catholic Charities of Merced, Harvest Time, Liberty Fellowship, Merced County Community Action Agency, Merced County Human Services Agency, Merced County Food Bank, Red Cross, The Salvation Army, United Way of Merced County, Valley Crisis Service, a Member of the Merced County Board of Supervisors, and a Homeless Representative.

Local organizations are receiving the following amounts: Bible Christian Church – $5,300; Catholic Charities in Merced – $17,999: Merced County Community Action Agency – $20,897; Dos Palos Youth in Crisis and Outreach – $19,480; Harvest Time in Merced – $12,394; LifeLine CDC in Winton – $5,580; Merced County Food Bank – 62,247; Merced United Methodist Church – $4,861; Merced Rescue Mission – 11,723; The Salvation Army – $7,371; and Valley Crisis Center – $16,368.

United Way of Merced County encourages everyone to live united. Join us and bring your talents, skills, and resources to make our community a thriving and vibrant place for all. For further contact and information regarding the local EFSP Program please contact Fred Buckingham, Local Board Chair, at (209) 383-4242 or email fred@unitedwaymerced.org.

United Way of Merced County, 658 West Main Street, Merced, CA 95340, 209-383-4242 (voice), 209-383-4254 (fax)

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