Programs & Initiatives

Programs & Initiatives

FPWA operates a number of programs and initiatives that are designed to help our faith-based member agencies and partners.

FPWA operates a number of programs and initiatives that are designed to help our faith-based member agencies and partners fulfill their social missions and become effective advocates for their communities.

Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP)

FPWA is a partner in the United Way of New York City’s Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Each year, we help churches and human services agencies feed thousands of hungry New Yorkers through soup kitchens and food pantries.  We receive and distribute funding for faith-based providers of emergency feeding and nutrition programs. Most of these churches are not large enough or do not have the administrative capability to manage these grants on their own, so we also provide technical assistance to help them with the application and reporting process, and to help them maintain proper accounting and fiscal records. 

You and your agency can maintain an important role in maintaining this essential lifeline. Donate non-perishable food items at FPWA’s main office or organize a food or fundraising drive at your school, office, or church.

We can provide information on how to conduct a food drive if you would like to host one at your venue. If you have any questions, please contact Program Coordinator Phylicia McDermott.

Women of Faith Initiative

The Women of Faith initiative is comprised of interfaith women that meet quarterly to discuss social justice issues in order to inform, encourage and empower themselves and their community.

We have had phenomenal guest speakers discuss topics such as:

  • Advancing Women in Poverty
  • Media and Communication Strategies for Women of Faith
  • Why She Ran-Women Elected Officials

This year we reconvened with the Personally Speaking Series event Women of Faith: The Journey to Equality & Empowerment, featuring three powerful women of faith, Linda Sarsour, Executive Director of Arab American Association of New York, Rev. Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister of the Riverside Church in New York City and Rev. Dr. Emma Jordan-Simpson, Executive Pastor of The Concord Baptist Church of Christ and FPWA Board Member.

The Women of Faith initiative is open to all women, regardless of their religious beliefs. Our hope is that we can provide a platform for women to come together to help the underserved throughout New York City.


FPWA also offers periodic workshops to help clergy and faith-based leaders with management related issues, and to strengthen their operations. Sample programs have included:

  • Fundraising from foundations
  • Budgeting for human service programs
  • Real estate issues for churches and faith based programs
  • Financial management
  • Creating viable community partnerships