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October 3, 2023

United Way accepting applications for Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The United Way of Santa Cruz County is accepting applications from agencies that provide food and shelter services looking for financial assistance.

The local United Way branch will have $340,041 to distribute to qualifying nonprofit, faith-based and local government agencies through its Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP), which this year was bolstered by Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.

Applications are due May 27 at 4pm.

To apply visit

Agencies may use the funds to cover programs related to rent and mortgage assistance, purchases of food and other necessities and mass feeding or sheltering, among other things.

The EFSP was created in 1983 to supplement and expand the work of local social service agencies. EFSP funds may be used to provide economic assistance in the long term, even if the current circumstances may have been impacted by an earlier disaster occurrence.

Tony Nuñez
Tony Nuñez is a longtime member of the Watsonville community who served as Sports Editor of The Pajaronian for five years and three years as Managing Editor. He is a Watsonville High, Cabrillo College and San Jose State University alumnus.

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