About Feed The Children

Feed The Children was founded in 1979 with the mission of providing hope and resources for those without life’s essentials. Since then, we’ve grown into one of the largest international charities based in the United States. Feed The Children is accredited by the BBB Wise Giving Alliance and has a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator.

We hold to Christian values, and place great importance on integrity, resourcefulness, stewardship, and transparency. Our employees are dedicated to making Feed The Children a worthy recipient of donations and putting them to the most efficient use possible.

Everything we do at Feed The Children — here in the U.S., or in the 23 countries we serve around the world — is mindful of our vision that no child or family goes to bed hungry.

You’ll find more specific facts and figures about our work below. If you have any questions, you can email ftc@feedthechildren.org or visit our Contact Us page for additional information.

What We Do

Feed The Children’s domestic programs provide disaster and emergency assistance to people in need. In fiscal year 2013, the organization distributed 98 million pounds of food and supplies with a total value of $215 million to over 10 million individuals in the U.S. Feed The Children is also active in education, distributing backpacks to homeless children and offering free books and supplies to educators through its Teacher Stores.

Around the world, Feed The Children provides nourishing meals every school day to more than 350,000 children. In fiscal year 2013, the organization distributed over $129 million in food, medicine, and other essentials to children in 23 countries around world. The international programs, including child sponsorships, meet the immediate needs of children while also addressing the root causes of poverty through education and livelihood development.

U.S. Programs

Food and Necessities

Here in the U.S., we partner with nearly 1,200 agencies — including food pantries, churches, and soup kitchens — to distribute meals and necessities to more than 10 million people nationwide.

In 2013, Feed The Children’s domestic food distribution program provided more than 98 million pounds of food and essentials to over 10 million individuals — both children and families — who were at risk of running out of food.

In addition, we helped more than 150,000 families through our Americans Feeding Americans caravan, which provides each family a box of food, a box of essentials, and gifts from Avon.

Distribution Centers

Feed The Children has an extensive transportation fleet that picks up in-kind contributions from corporate warehouses and brings them to our Feed The Children regional distribution centers.





Feed The Children’s H.E.L.P. (Homeless Education Literacy Program) supplies backpacks filled with ready-to-eat meals, toothbrushes, school supplies, and age-appropriate books to homeless students enrolled in public schools with the hope of providing a sense of normalcy for children.

Since the program’s launch, we’ve distributed over 700,000 backpacks, including 65,000 in 2013. Another half-a-million children receive school supplies or children’s books each year through education-focused projects.

Teacher Stores

Feed The Children offers free books and supplies to educators in our Teacher Stores located in Oklahoma, Indiana, and Tennessee. In 2013, we hosted 14,000 teacher visits and gave away nearly $7 million in teaching tools, benefiting more than 347,000 students in 681 schools across 89 school districts.

Disaster Relief

Feed The Children responds quickly to disasters thanks to our extensive partner agencies and transportation fleet. Along with more than 50 of our partners, we responded to the 2013 Oklahoma tornadoes with nearly 250 shipments of food and supplies, weighing more than 2.6 million pounds and valued at $8.5 million.

Around the World

A Wide Reach

We serve people in 23 countries: Burkina Faso, Central Africa Republic, Columbia, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gambia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Indonesia, Kenya, Malawi, Nepal, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Sao Tome, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Timor Leste, and Uganda.

We have a presence in this many countries through the work of our subsidiary, World Neighbors, acquired in 2013. World Neighbors has worked to empower local people and their communities since 1951.

In fiscal year 2013, Feed The Children distributed 21 million pounds of food, medicine, and essentials valued at $129 million to children and families in the 23 countries we serve.

Programs for Children

350,000 children are fully engaged in our child-focused programs, which regularly provide nutritious meals to children who may otherwise go an entire day without eating.

Providing Clean Water

We also work to provide clean water to communities around the world. In 2013, we installed more than 80 water wells and systems, bathroom facilities, and other clean water sources in 16 of the 23 international countries we serve. These water projects benefited 179,000 children and families.

Feed The Children also recently installed large-scale water retention systems, which will collect valuable rainwater for more than 24,000 children and families.

Deworming Medicine

Parasites can rob children of the nutrition they receive in our programs. To address this, we provide deworming medication to children in eight countries. In 2013, we gave nearly 18 million doses to 14 million children.

Medical Services

Feed The Children’s medical mission trips provide health care to people in dire need. During our 2013 medical mission trip, we treated nearly 27,000 patients, dispensed 54,000 prescriptions, gave 8,500 eye exams, and provided 2,800 dental exams.

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A trustworthy organization

Feed The Children is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Donations and contributions are tax-deductible as allowed by law.

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