Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat childhood hunger. It is one of the leading U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education initiatives, essentials, and disaster response. It operates 5 distribution centers (located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania).
In fiscal year 2017, Feed the Children distributed 91.7 million pounds of food and essentials in the U.S. and around the world valued at $373 million.
Through our partnerships and programs, Feed the Children’s outreach benefited approximately 5.1 million in the U.S. and more than 1.3 million internationally, for a total of 6.4 million children and families globally.
Because education is one of the best ways to help children escape the cycle of poverty, Feed the Children promotes school attendance and completion by distributing backpacks to homeless and at-risk children. In fiscal year 2017, it distributed approximately 65,000 backpacks. Feed the Children also offers free books and supplies to educators through its Teacher Store locations in the U.S. Through these stores, Feed the Children provided $6.8 million worth of school supplies and distributed books valued at $9.8 million to children in the U.S. in fiscal year 2017.
Disasters can strike at any time, leaving families and communities in a wake of destruction. Feed the Children stands ready to respond when the unthinkable happens. Across the U.S. in FY17, we responded to flooding in Louisiana, Virginia and West Virginia, the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, as well as the aftermath of other disasters as we distributed $3.4 million worth of food and essentials to those in affected regions. Internationally in FY17, we trained more than 32,000 individuals in disaster risk-reduction and provided supplies like food, water and tarps to 57,000 individuals.
Internationally, Feed the Children uses a child-focused community development approach emphasizing four key program pillars to transform lives by improving the food and nutrition security of mothers and children under five in order to reduce malnutrition and poverty in El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Malawi, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Tanzania, and Uganda. Last fiscal year, 1.3 million children and caregivers were engaged in its programs to promote community self-reliance.
Key activities for fiscal year 2017 for our overall international work included: providing regular school meals and supplemental feeding to 250,000 children; training 34,000 caregivers through Care Groups; teaching water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) practices to more than 106,000 children and caregivers; distributing deworming medication to 1.6 million children and vitamin A to more than 1.8 million young children; and benefiting almost 8,000 people in the formation of village savings and loan (VSL) groups.
Feed the Children is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.
Learn more about Feed the Children at feedthechildren.org.
At Feed the Children, we feed hungry kids. We envision a world where no child goes to bed hungry. In the U.S. and internationally, we are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow, while providing food and resources to help them today. We distribute product donations from corporate donors to local community partners, we provide support for teachers and students, and we mobilize resources quickly to aid recovery efforts when natural disasters strike. Internationally, we manage child-focused community development programs in 10 countries. We welcome partnerships because we know our work would not be possible without collaborative relationships.
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