Links to Funding Sources
Information about nutrition assistance programs available statewide.
The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) helps provide funding for nutritious meals and snacks served to children and adults receiving day care. The CACFP also provides funding for meals served to children and youths residing in homeless shelters, and for snacks provided to youths participating in eligible after school programs.
The Wisconsin Department of Health Service’s Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) offers free, nutritious foods to low-income seniors aged 60 years and older. The monthly food package, worth about $35, is available at no cost to eligible individuals. The foods are intended to be a supplement and do not provide a complete diet.
TEFAP is a federal program that provides food commodities to distribution sites. Food pantries and prepared meal sites receive commodities and they are distributed with other foods.
The EFSP was authorized under the Stewart B. McKinney Homeless Assistance Act (P.L. 100-77 signed into law on July 24, 1987, since renamed the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and subsequently reauthorized under P.L. 100-628, signed into law on November 7, 1988). The original authorizing legislation (PL 100-77) specifically calls for “sensitivity to the transition from temporary shelter to permanent homes and attention to the specialized needs of homeless individuals with mental and physical disabilities and illness and to facilitate access for homeless individuals to other sources of services and benefits.”
The State Shelter Subsidy Grant Program (SSSG) provides up to 50% of an emergency shelter or voucher program’s annual operating budget. These funds are available to programs with additional funding needs due to renovation/expansion of an existing shelter facility, the development of an existing building into a shelter facility, the expansion (or development) of shelter services or the inability of a shelter program to obtain adequate funding to continue an existing level of service. Estimates of the homeless population in Wisconsin range from 29,000 to 34,000. In the 2012-13 grant year, the emergency shelter programs funded by the State Shelter Subsidy Grant Program provided approximately 470,000 nights of shelter to 18,000 persons.
The ESG program provides funding to: (1) engage homeless individuals and families living on the street, (2) improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for homeless individuals and families, (3) help operate these shelters, (4) provide essential services to shelter residents, (5) rapidly re-house homeless individuals and families, and (6) prevent families/individuals from becoming homeless.
The Kenosha County Emergency Services Network brings together community based agencies serving low income and indigent residents of the county with the goal of creating better coordination of services and eliminating duplication of services and aid. The agencies involved with the Emergency Services Network provide such key resources as: food, shelter, clothing and some limited medical care, as well as counseling and referral to other resources in the community. The Kenosha County Division of Workforce Development provides hunger and shelter grants to Emergency Service Network member agencies under a program called Kenosha County “SHARES”.
The CDBG Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to entitled cities and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate income persons.
United Way raises funds through an annual fund raising campaign. It provides grants to not-for-profit organizations meeting priority community needs. Agencies are required to use measurable outcomes to demonstrate success of funded programs.
The Kenosha Community Foundation supports programs that improve the general welfare and enhance the quality of life for residents of the greater Kenosha community. In the awarding of grants from its unrestricted funds, the Kenosha Community Foundation strives to address the area’s evolving needs and social changes by considering grant applications that address community problems and opportunities in the areas of arts and culture, education, social services, and the preservation of resources including historical and cultural resources.