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Emergency Food and Shelter Program

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 more than $2.3 billion in Federal funds during its 21-year history.

The McKinney-Vento Act of 1987 describes the program’s purpose -- “To supplement and expand ongoing efforts to provide shelter, food and supportive services” for homeless and hungry individuals nationwide. The program is centered around quick response, public-private sector cooperation, local decision making and funds allocations to the neediest areas.

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Last Modified: Wednesday, 08-Apr-2009 14:09:09 EDT