FEMA Emergency Food and Shelter Program

151 W. 7th Ave, Room 560
Eugene, OR  97401

541-682-3760 (Fax) 

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Steve Manela
Division Manager

The Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program was created in 1983 to supplement the work of local social service organizations within the United States, both private and governmental, to help people in need of emergency assistance.

This collaborative effort between the private and public sectors has disbursed over $2.3 billion in Federal funds during its 21-year history.

Funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP) is designed to help nonprofit and local government agencies feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and prevent hunger and homelessness for thousands of people facing non-disaster emergencies. This public/private partnership carries through to the grassroots level as local boards determine how to use EFSP funds in their communities.

Lane County is responsible for:

  • Coordinating a process to advertise and solicit applications for funding
  • Recruiting members for the local EFSP board
  • Facilitate the funding allocation process. Pima County acts as a liaison between the National EFSP local recipient organizations for all reporting and monitoring purposes.

Program Intent

  • For the purchase of food and shelter
  • To supplement and expand current available resources
  • Not to substitute or reimburse ongoing programs and services, or to start new programs  
The local EFSP is designed to ensure cooperation between agencies and allocation of funds to the neediest areas. The local board is composed of representatives knowledgeable of local service needs and will prioritize funding allocations accordingly.

EFSP Board

Lane County is responsible for convening a local board whose composition mirrors the National Board.


Local board members represent nonprofit and local governmental organizations that provide services to homeless and near homeless individuals and families. The local board is responsible for establishing local priorities for funding, reviewing applications, and making funding allocations to the selected local recipient organizations.


Board Member Representing
Ken Beeson Chair Community Members
Bill Powell Vice Chair Community Members
Steve Manela Secretary Local Government
Cindy Leming Allocations Com Chair Special Emphasis, Unhoused
Adam Briddell National Council of Churches, Other Faith Organization
Carisa Hettich American Red Cross
Cindy Williams Special Emphasis Group, Unhoused
Genevieve Middleton Special Emphasis Group, Native American
Jared Pruch United Way
Kevin Hanson Salvation Army
Lucy Zammarellli Special Emphasis Group, Behavioral Health
Mike Fleck Rural Lane County
Nancy Glines Community Members
Pat Walsh Community Members
Susan Paiement Catholic Charities USA
Tom Mulhern Community Members, Food Bank
Trent Spradling Community Members

Program Eligibility

For a local agency to be eligible for funding it must be a non-profit or an agency of government, and have demonstrated ability to provide food and/or shelter assistance. Funds are intended to supplement and expand on-going services.