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IS-421: Overview of the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program

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Course Overview

Since 1983, the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program (EFSP) has helped people facing economic crises. The program is a unique public-private partnership that brings the voluntary sector and the government together to address critical human needs in the areas of hunger and homelessness. This course gives a brief overview of the EFSP.

Course Objectives:

At the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify the responsibilities and requirements of the National Board, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the State Set-Aside (SSA) Committees.
  • Identify the responsibilities and requirements of the Local Boards to award EFSP funds properly and effectively at the local level.
  • Identify basic responsibilities and requirements of all EFSP-funded Local Recipient Organizations (LROs) regarding program compliance.

Primary Audience

Members of the EFSP National Board, Local Boards, and Local Recipient Organizations.





Course Length:

1 hour
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