United Way of 1000 Lakes Announces Emergency Food & Shelter Program Funding for Itasca County

United Way of 1000 Lakes has announced that Itasca County has been chosen to receive $17,250 in federal funds for Phase 40 (FY22) of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP). 

The selection was made through the Department of Homeland Security Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS/FEMA) under the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Based on 12-month (September – August) unemployment rates, the EFSP provides relief to families and individuals who are experiencing hunger, homelessness, and economic crisis.

United Way of 1000 Lakes, the Itasca County administrator, brings together a board of representatives from organizations that are concerned with the issues of hunger and homelessness in Itasca County. The group is responsible for reviewing applications and determining the allocation of funds to agencies that apply.

Funds are distributed to human service agencies to supplement food services, shelter, utility assistance, and related supplies, including diapers, feminine hygiene products, and repackaging supplies.

Local organizations chosen to receive funds must: 1) be private, voluntary nonprofits 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.

Applications may be electronically submitted to United Way at uwlakes.org/nonprofit-resources. All applications must be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on March 7th, 2023. Applicants are also encouraged to attend the Local Board meeting at 1:00 p.m. on March 9th, 2023. 

Community members interested in the issues of hunger, homelessness, and poverty in Itasca County are invited to inquire about joining the EFSP Local Board. Those interested are invited to call 218-999-7570 or email kimberly@uwlakes.org to learn more about membership.

For questions, contact Kim Brink Smith, United Way of 1000 Lakes Executive Director, at 218-999-7570 or by email. Applications and additional information about the Emergency Food and Shelter Program may be found at uwlakes.org/nonprofit-resources.

The board has previously distributed supplemental funds to the Community Café, Grace House, KOOTASCA Community Action, The Salvation Army, Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, and United Way of Northeastern Minnesota. These agencies were responsible for providing shelter, food, and supportive services for adults and children who are experiencing hunger, homelessness, and economic crisis in and around Itasca County.