Local Food and Shelter Providers Receive Funds

The Itasca County Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) recently allocated $17,250 in federal funds to local organizations providing safe, affordable housing and nutritious food.

The EFSP is a federal program overseen by a local board of nonprofits and government organizations and administered by United Way of 1000 Lakes. Funds are used to meet basic needs, and can be used to cover the costs of food, such as served meals or groceries; or for housing and shelter, such as emergency lodging, rent, utilities, and foreclosure prevention. 

During the Phase 40 funding cycle, providers receiving a portion of funds included Grace House of Itasca County ($6,410), which will use funds to provide shelter services to unhoused families and individuals; Community Café ($6,000), which distributes meals in Grand Rapids and Deer River; and United Way of Northeastern Minnesota ($4,500), which operates a Buddy Backpack program in Nashwauk and Pengilly schools. United Way of 1000 Lakes was awarded a $340 administrative allowance. 

The program’s administration is part of United Way’s Safety Net impact pathway, through which the organization aims to meet basic and emerging needs and respond to crises. Other impact pathways include Ready Kids, Resilient Families; Healthy Minds and Bodies; and Family Financial Stability. 

Residents interested in addressing hunger and homelessness in the region are invited to join the EFSP Local Board. To learn more, contact United Way at 218-999-7570.