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Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The federally-funded, Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), provides assistance for food, utilities and shelter to individuals and families in emergency situations who meet the federal eligibility guidelines. United Way of Long Island administers the program for the Long Island region. This year, 13 local nonprofit community partner organizations will distribute $1,119,325 in emergency aid to Long Islanders in-need. EFSP dollars are distributed by the National EFSP to United Way of Long Island's EFSP agencies.

Program Fact Sheet

Where to Turn for Help
Households in need of emergency assistance may visit United Way's information database at or call 2-1-1 (or toll free at 1-888-774-7633) between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday - Saturday, 12:00 - 4:00 p.m. on Sundays to search for RFSP partners or contact the Dept. of Social Service.