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ACTION ALERT: In Support of Emergency Food & Shelter Program Funding

i Jul 30th No Comments by

The Margaret Fuller House Food Pantry and many other organizations depend on this funding.  Please contact representatives and senators. As you know these programs are crucial for many families.

The Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) National Board recently released details explaining funding allocations for Phase 29.  As a result of the more than 40% ($80 million) reduction in funding in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 federal budget for EFSP, all jurisdictions will see a significant reduction in funding for Phase 29.  In fact, more than 500 jurisdictions that received direct funding in Phase 28 will completely lose their direct funding in Phase 29.  (These jurisdictions will still be eligible to seek funding through their State Set-Aside Committee, which will determine the allocation of these funds in the coming weeks).

Local Action Recommended:
If your jurisdiction has received direct funding, you are encouraged to work with your Local Board, which will be meeting in the near future, and other non-profits in your community, to determine the best way the limited resources available can be divided to ensure the needs of the most vulnerable in your community continue to be met.

If your jurisdiction has not received direct funding, you are encouraged to work with members of your Local Board, and other non-profits in your community, to impart on your State Set-Aside Committee the importance of receiving funding in your community.

Federal Action Requested:
You can help make a difference regarding future EFSP funding.  On behalf of your respective community, and, for the benefit of EFSP as a critically important national homelessness and hunger prevention program, we strongly encourage you and other non-profits in your community to contact your Members of Congress to make them aware of the negative impact the 40% cut to EFSP in the FY2011 budget has or will soon have on your organization your community as a whole.  Urge their full and strong support to return the EFSP funding level to $200 million in FY2012 (Phase 30) – this was the EFSP allocation in both the FY2009 (Phase 27) and FY2010 (Phase 28).

Congress is currently deliberating on FY2012 spending, and your strong message to your Members of Congress can help make a difference on behalf of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program and your future allocation.

To contact your representative and senators, call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.  If you do not know the name of your representative, visit and enter your zip code at the top right of the page. If you do not know the names of your senators, visit

Thank you for your assistance and please share this appeal with other non-profits in your community.

For more information or assistance, contact David Feinman, Senior Legislative Associate with the Jewish Federations of North America, at


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