FEMA Announces $200 Million for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program

FEMA announced that the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board will allocate $200 million to communities across the country to assist organizations providing critical resources to people with economic emergencies, including our nation’s hungry and homeless populations.

These funds were appropriated in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act to ease financial hardship caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Funding will go to organizations dedicated to feeding, sheltering, and providing critical resources to people experiencing, or at-risk of experiencing, hunger and homelessness.  In addition to the $200 million supplemental funding from the CARES Act, Congress also appropriated $120 million in FY 2019 annual funding to the EFSP. The funding, totaling $320 million, will be distributed beginning in early June 2020 to human service organizations assisting those in need throughout the country.

The National Board is chaired by FEMA with representatives from American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA, The Jewish Federations of North America, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the USA, The Salvation Army, and United Way Worldwide. The National Board administers the program, establishing its policies, procedures, and guidelines. United Way Worldwide, selected by the National Board to serve as its Secretariat and Fiscal Agent, carries out the work of the EFSP daily.

EFSP funding is allocated to qualifying local jurisdictions (counties and cities) based on a formula using the most recent national population, unemployment, and poverty data. Each funded jurisdiction establishes a Local Board that awards the grant funds to local social service organizations, both nonprofit and governmental, that can best address the identified needs of the community. With the FY 2019 and CARES Act funding, and the FY 2020 funding of $125 million that is to be allocated to jurisdictions a couple months later, the total aid disbursed in the EFSP’s 38-year history will be more than $5 billion.

A state-by-state list of the eligible jurisdictions and allocation amounts is available on the EFSP Website.

FEMA Announces $200 Million for the Emergency Food and Shelter Program

Essential baby supplies delivered to Colorado from FEMA

DENVER (April 13, 2020) -Today, the Statewide Feeding Task Force working through the Unified Coordination Group announced Colorado received a $3 million delivery of infant supplies from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) that includes:

  • 8,200 cases of formula
  • 23,260 packages of diapers
  • 53,167 packages of diaper wipes

These essential supplies will go to families who are experiencing poverty and not able to find resources to meet their basic needs. The distribution of the supplies will be at 41 locations statewide at Colorado’s food banks and family resource centers. These supplies will also be available to families enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and child care providers taking part in the Emergency Child Care Collaborative. 

State agencies and other nonprofit partners across the state have been fielding urgent requests for formula, diapers and wipes from front line workers and child care providers offering emergency child care. This need arose both because there was difficulty finding supplies in retail stores, and because families are facing the economic impacts of being laid off from work, and cannot afford supplies even if they are available.

“We are proud to be leading the Statewide Feeding Task Force and are encouraged by the statewide coordination with partners to identify needs and collaborate to meet them,” said Colorado Department of Human Services Executive Director Michelle Barnes. “We are thrilled with the response we’ve received from FEMA and the quick distribution of these much-needed supplies. Together, we will get through this.”

Similar to toilet paper and hand sanitizer, panic buying has left stores and diaper banks empty of baby essentials. Colorado’s Family Resource Centers, Early Childhood Councils and local food pantries have had difficulty purchasing supplies from normal distributors, creating a dire situation for families. Some families may be resorting to changing diapers infrequently, which can cause infections and require medical attention, a situation that must be avoided in light of the medical community’s current focus on COVID-19. Likewise, the inability of parents to feed their babies has a health impact on the child and increases family stress and risk for child neglect. 

The Feeding Task Force is coordinating the delivery of these supplies to food banks and family resource centers (FRCs) with support from the Unified Coordination Group (UCG). The delivery of supplies will be coordinated by the UCG logistics team to 34 FRCs across the state and subsequently to the emergency child care providers. FRCs are prepared to distribute these supplies directly to families in need utilizing existing local family support staff. 

“Thank you to all the community partners in voicing this need, and to FEMA for working with Colorado and assisting in serving our families,” said Barnes. “In addition to the Emergency Child Care Collaborative and Colorado Crisis Services, this is one more way we are urgently working to support and meet the needs of Coloradans.”

For more information on how to access these resources, please visit the Office of Early Childhood’s website. Below is a list of distribution sites around the state. 

The Statewide Feeding Task Force was created on March 9 to respond to COVID-19 feeding needs. Participating organizations in the Statewide Feeding Task Force include, but are not limited to: Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA), Colorado Department of Public Health Environment (CDPHE), Colorado Department of Education (CDE), Colorado Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (VOADs), FEMA, Food Banks, Blueprint to End Hunger, and other state and local food partners.


FEMA envía suministros esenciales para bebés a Colorado

DENVER, 13 de abril de 2020: Hoy, el Grupo Operativo Estatal de Alimentación, trabajando en conjunto con el Grupo de Comando Unificado, anunció que Colorado recibió un envío con un valor de $3 millones de dólares en suministros para bebés de la Agencia Federal para el Manejo de Emergencias (FEMA, siglas en inglés), el cual incluye:    

  • 8,200 cajas de fórmula 
  • 23,260 paquetes de pañales 
  • 53,167 paquetes de toallitas húmedas 

Estos suministros esenciales llegarán a familias de escasos recursos que no puedan cumplir con sus necesidades básicas. Se distribuirán estos suministros en 41 bancos de comida y centros de recursos familiares en todo Colorado. Estos suministros también estarán disponibles a familias inscritas en el Programa Especial de Nutrición Suplementaria para Mujeres, Bebés y Niños (WIC, siglas en inglés) y proveedores de cuidado infantil que participen en el Colaborativo de Cuidado Infantil de Emergencia (Emergency Child Care Collaborative).

Agencias estatales y agencias sin fines de lucro por todo el estado han recibido solicitudes urgentes de fórmula, pañales y toallitas de trabajadores en la primera línea de la batalla y proveedores de cuidado infantil que están ofreciendo cuidados infantiles de emergencia. Esta necesidad surgió por que hubo dificultad con encontrar suministros en las tiendas de ventas al por menor y por que muchas familias están enfrentando los impactos económicos de perder el trabajo y no tienen suficiente dinero para comprar los suministros, incluso si estuviesen disponibles.

“Estamos orgullosos de liderar el Grupo Operativo Estatal de Alimentación y estamos motivados por la coordinación estatal con colaboradores para identificar las necesidades y colaborar para cumplir con ellas”, indicó Michelle Barnes, Directora Ejecutiva del Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Colorado. “Estamos muy entusiasmados debido a la respuesta que hemos recibido de FEMA y la distribución rápida de estos suministros altamente necesitados. Juntos, superaremos esta situación”. 

Similar a la situación con el papel higiénico y el desinfectante de manos, las compras de pánico han dejado las tiendas y los bancos de pañales sin productos esenciales para bebés. Los Centros de Recursos Familiares, los Consejos de Infancia Temprana y los bancos de comida locales en Colorado han tenido dificultades para adquirir estos suministros de sus distribuidores normales, lo que ha generado una grave situación para muchas familias. Es posible que algunas familias estén recurriendo a cambiar los pañales de manera infrecuente, lo que puede causar una infección y requerir atención médica, una situación que se debe evitar en vista del enfoque de la comunidad médica en el COVID-19. De la misma manera, la inhabilidad de las madres y los padres de alimentar a sus bebés tiene un impacto sanitario en el niño y aumenta el estrés familiar y el riesgo de negligencia infantil. 

El Grupo Operativo de Alimentación está coordinando la entrega de estos suministros a bancos de comida y a centros de recursos familiares con apoyo del Grupo de Comando Unificado. El envío de los suministros a 34 centros de recursos familiares por todo el estado (y subsecuentemente a los proveedores de cuidado infantil de emergencia) será coordinado por el equipo de logísticas del Grupo de Comando Unificado. Los centros de recursos familiares están preparados para distribuir estos suministros directamente a las familias necesitadas mediante personal local existente de apoyo familiar.   

“Gracias a todos los colaboradores comunitarios por comunicar esta necesidad y gracias a FEMA por trabajar con Colorado y por asistir con la entrega de servicios para nuestras familias”, indicó Michelle Barnes. “Además del Colaborativo de Cuidado Infantil de Emergencia y Servicios de Crisis en Colorado, esta es otra manera de cómo estamos trabajando urgentemente para apoyar y cumplir con las necesidades de los habitantes de Colorado”.   

Para obtener más información sobre cómo acceder a estos recursos, por favor, visite la página web de la Oficina de Infancia Temprana. A continuación, se encuentra una lista de los sitios de distribución por todo el estado.  

El Grupo Operativo Estatal de Alimentación fue creado el 9 de marzo para responder ante las necesidades de alimentación debido al COVID-19. Las organizaciones que son parte del Grupo Operativo Estatal de Alimentación incluyen, pero no están limitadas a, las siguientes: el Departamento de Servicios Humanos de Colorado (CDHS, siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Agricultura de los EE.UU. (USDA, siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Agricultura de Colorado (CDA, siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Salud Pública y Medio Ambiente de Colorado (CDPHE, siglas en inglés), el Departamento de Educación de Colorado (CDE, siglas en inglés), las Organizaciones de Voluntariado en Colorado Activas en Desastres (VOADs, siglas en inglés), FEMA, bancos de comida, el Plan de Colorado para Eliminar el Hambre (Blueprint to End Hunger) y otros colaboradores estatales y locales relacionados con la alimentación. 

Essential baby supplies delivered to Colorado from FEMA

Federal partners provide additional health and medical support for coronavirus

The federal government continues taking aggressive and proactive steps to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The health and safety of the American people is our top priority. Under the direction of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, FEMA, HHS and our federal partners are working with state, local, tribal and territorial governments to execute a whole of government response to fight the COVID-19 pandemic and protect the public.

On Sunday, March 22, President Trump directed the Secretary of Defense to allow the States of California, New York and Washington use of the National Guard in a Title 32 status to support state and local emergency assistance efforts. This allows the governors to call up the National Guard to support their disaster response efforts, on a fully reimbursable basis and under their respective command and control, if that becomes necessary. Additional states are able to request this assistance and those requests will be considered.

On March 13, 2020, President Trump declared a nationwide emergency pursuant to Sec. 501(b) of Stafford Act. The President’s action cuts red tape and bureaucracy and avoids governors needing to request individual emergency declarations. All 50 states, the District of Columbia, five territories and two tribes are working directly with FEMA under the nationwide emergency declaration for COVID-19. States, tribal and territorial governments do not need to request separate emergency declarations to receive FEMA assistance under this nationwide declaration.

In addition, the states of New York, Washington and California were approved for major disaster declarations to assist with additional needs identified in these states. Medical supplies are en route to these states, including respirators, surgical masks and gowns, face shields, coveralls and gloves, with quantities already delivered to Washington and New York. We anticipate additional supplies will be delivered within the next 48 hours.

The U.S. Navy hospital ship Mercy is en route to Los Angeles to provide additional hospital beds and medical staff because the projected cases there are expected to be greater than Washington. Additional hospital beds are being made available in Washington, as well as California and New York.

To help the American public distinguish between rumors and facts regarding the response to COVID-19, FEMA has created a Rumor Control page on FEMA.gov. The public can help control the spread of rumors by sharing our page: fema.gov/coronavirus.

Every American has a role to play. Consider donating cash, giving blood, or donating to your local food bank to help fight COVID-19.

Please see attached for updated information on the federal response efforts, including support for delivery of critical goods and services, Community Based Testing Sites (CBTS), Defense Production Act, and How to Help.

If you have any questions, please contact myself or Megan Floyd directly or the External Affairs office at 303-235-4908.

Federal partners provide additional health and medical support for coronavirus