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Food for the Hungry, Inc.

Ending all forms of human poverty

Food for the Hungry (FH) is a Christian humanitarian organization ending all forms of human poverty through life-changing development programs, disaster relief, and advocacy. FH serves more than 5.3 million people in over 20 countries worldwide. 

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Why should I support your work?

At Food for the Hungry (FH), we seek to end all forms of human poverty by going to the hard places and walking with the world’s most vulnerable people. We serve in 20 countries globally and our programs include a focus on education, clean water, agriculture, disaster response, and more.

When we enter a community, we have an exit plan. We believe that ending poverty requires more than just providing resources, but walking alongside local leaders and community members to create sustainable solutions that are implemented by the communities themselves. As communities are empowered to walk independently, they have hope for a brighter future and are able to reach their God-given potential. Your support makes this possible.

Why does your charity exist?

Food for the Hungry (FH) seeks to end ALL forms of human poverty by going to the hard places and walking with the world’s most vulnerable people. We’ve been serving through purposeful relief and development for over four decades. In 1971, Dr. Larry Ward founded FH based on the simple premise that if children died one at a time, he could help them one at a time. Thus began his lifelong mission to serve the world’s most vulnerable people in the hard places.

What specifically do you do?

Food for the Hungry (FH) responds to human suffering through long-term community development and emergency disaster relief. Our solutions address the physical, spiritual, and relational needs of vulnerable people.

Our main areas of focus are agriculture, health, education, livelihoods, resilience-building and spiritual development. When disaster strikes, people living in extreme poverty are the ones who suffer most. They’re faced with unimaginable hardships, are left without the resources they need to rebuild their communities, and often struggle for basic needs such as food and water.

Through our relief and humanitarian affairs team, FH works with local governments and other organizations to bring hope to those affected by natural disasters or living amidst violence, war, famine, and other crises.

How will this make a difference?

When you partner with Food for the Hungry (FH), your gifts equip us to help communities tackle their biggest obstacles. We meet their most basic needs through resource and help build their capacity to solve problems far into the future. We believe that ending poverty requires more than just providing resources.

Our approach is holistic, meaning that we seek to end ALL forms of human poverty by addressing the whole person and equipping families and communities to thrive as they solve problems and access new opportunities for growth and development.

How is your work different from that of other, similar charities?

●Food for the Hungry (FH) is different from other NGOs and non-profits in that we honor the people we serve by equipping them to lead to the process of development. Through community-owned transformation, children, families, and communities invest in their own development and address the root causes of poverty.


●FH enters communities knowing that we will leave. We are different with the knowledge that we will leave. We are intentional about graduating our communities from extreme poverty, leaving them better equipped to survive and thrive.

●Our international staff belong to the countries they serve. We are not foreigners or outsiders offering a new way of life. We are sisters and brothers lifting the shared burden from the shoulders of our global family

What have you accomplished?

In 2019, FH served more than 5 million people through our long-term development activities.

●2,357+ communities

●651,000+ families

●231,392 community leaders trained

●139,655 children sponsored

We responded to 15 disaster events or humanitarian crises and served more than 2.2 million people in our emergency responses.

How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

We believe it is our duty to be diligent stewards of all funds and gifts we receive. We’re also transparent with our finances. Food for the Hungry (FH) is a charter member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability, following its strict accounting standards. Intelligent Philanthropy recognized FH for financial transparency.

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