AUGUST 23, 2018 – Cayuga County is receiving $32,990 in assistance through Phase 35 of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP).

EFSP is a federally funded program administered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Funds distributed through EFSP enhance and expand the work of local social service organizations that are providing supportive services to individuals and families dealing with economic hardships. EFSP funds are used to supplement feeding, sheltering (including transitional housing), rent/mortgage and utility assistance programs.

Organizations receiving funding this year include Calvary Food Pantry, Catholic Charities of the Finger Lakes, Cayuga/Seneca Community Action Agency, Chapel House, King Ferry Food Pantry, and the St. Alphonsus Food Pantry. The United Way of Cayuga County administers the local program.

Calvary Food Pantry is able to leverage their funding to purchase even more food for those in need. According to them, the funds received from FEMA , “purchase more food including fresh produce for our guests that need to use our pantry. Because we partner with The Food Bank of Central New York, we can purchase more for our monies.”

The program, created in 1983, is allocated to areas based on such things as population, unemployment, and poverty levels. Grants are then awarded to non-profit and government organizations that are chosen by a local board.

“While we continue to see a decrease in this funding it still plays an important role in our community,” says Karen A. Macier, United Way executive director, “These dollars help these organizations stretch their budgets and certainly help many local individuals.”