The Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Emergency Food and Shelter (EFS) Program has awarded a total of $2.2 million to South Carolina to supplement food, shelter, rent mortgage and utility assistance programs for people with non-disaster related emergencies.
Chesterfield County received $32,974.
In fiscal year 2004, Congress appropriated $153 million for the EFS Program, which has been in existence since 1983. The funding supports social service agencies in more than 2,500 cities and counties across the country to help feed and shelter the nation's hungry and homeless. The EFS Program has distributed more than $2.4 billion in communities nationwide and has accounted for millions of additional meals and nights of shelter to those in need.
Funded agencies, known as "Local Recipient Organizations" (LROs), use EFS supplemental funds for mass shelter, mass feeding, food distribution through food pantries and food banks, one-month utility payments to prevent service cut-off, and one-month rent/mortgage assistance to prevent evictions or assist people leaving shelters to establish stable living conditions.