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.

Interfaith Census 2020 Count Coalition

Joined by faith to help ensure every New Yorker is counted

RSVP for the launch meeting on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.

Every 10 years the federal government conducts a census to determine how billions of dollars of federal funding will be disbursed throughout the country and the number of seats each state is allotted in the House of Representatives. When undercounts occur, states stand to lose billions of dollars in federal revenue and lose representation, placing low income populations at risk of decreased funding for essential programs such at Medicare, Medicaid, WIC, and SNAP.  most vulnerable of their population.

Hard-to-reach New York City neighborhoods are at risk of being undercounted in the upcoming 2020 Census. An inaccurate count in high-need neighborhoods place thousands of low-income New Yorkers and the human service agencies in those areas at a socioeconomic disadvantage for the next decade, negatively impacting quality of life and the quality of human service provision. The persistence of inadequate federal funding in low-income areas solidify historical barriers to upward mobility and economic equity in NYC.

The Interfaith Census 2020 Count Coalition is being formed by Catholic Charities, Council of People’s Organizations, Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, and United Jewish Association of New York to bring together faith leaders serving in neighborhoods that have historically been undercounted to work together to raise awareness about the importance of the census, and to support faith institutions in helping their community members complete the census when the time comes.

For questions, contact Faith Based Outreach and Engagement Coordinator Yolanda Richard.