Jefferson, Shelby, Walker and Blount Counties Awarded Funds Under Federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program

February 4, 2022

For more information:

Samuetta Nesbitt, Sr. VP Public Relations

(205) 613-5373

The Local Board of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program is now accepting Phase 39 and Phase ARPA-R funding proposals from local agencies providing emergency food and shelter programs in Jefferson, Shelby Blount, and Walker Counties.

The Local Board is charged with awarding these funds to help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-need areas.  It will review applications requesting funds in the following priority areas:  rent/mortgage assistance, utility assistance, mass shelter costs, other shelter, and mass feeding (served meals or food pantry).

Agencies with an interest in applying must 1) be private voluntary nonprofits or units of government 2) be eligible to receive Federal funds 3) have an accounting system 4) practice nondiscrimination 5) have demonstrated the capability to deliver emergency food and/shelter programs and 6) if they are a private voluntary organization have a volunteer board.

Applications must be submitted via United Way of Central Alabama’s online application system. Visit to access the application. Applications will be accepted no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, February 18, 2022.  Questions regarding the grant awards should be directed to Shakeitha Tatum at

About the United Way of Central Alabama: Since 1923, UWCA has proudly supported a network of health and human service organizations that meet the needs in our communities. Serving Jefferson, Shelby, Walker, Blount, St. Clair and Chilton counties, the organization improves lives and community conditions by building and mobilizing resources through 80 partner agencies and community initiatives. United Way fights for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.