Since our founding in 1979, Feed the Children remains one of the leading charities in the U.S. dedicated to ending childhood hunger both at home and abroad. Though we focus most urgently on feeding hungry children, the scope of our work has expanded to helping their families and communities achieve more stable lives to reduce the need for hunger relief tomorrow.
We have continued to explore ways to expand access to food for the children and families in the United States who need it the most. Our five distribution centers across the country serve as hubs for dispersing relief and resources to communities in all 50 states as we deliver supplies to our community partners in cities, towns and rural areas. In 2019, our programs provided 68.6 million pounds of shelf-stable food and essential household items valued at $238.4 million to supplement family needs and offer hope to approximately 4.7 million people across the nation.
During the coronavirus pandemic, Feed the Children continues to provide support to those in need. We have distributed over 25 million pounds of food and essentials for COVID-19 relief.
Sadly, the breakfasts and lunches served at school to approximately 30 million children across the U.S. can often be the only reliable sources of food many kids receive. When the school year ends, so do these meals, and summer can become a time of struggle and hunger.
Feed the Children’s network of local community partners operates nationwide to bridge the summer hunger gap. We work with food pantries, churches, schools and homeless shelters to distribute food and essentials. And through the power of partnership, our outreach programs can help more families than ever.
Education and community
matter in the hunger crisis
According to the Economic Policy Institute, in 2019/2020, teachers spent an average of $745 out of pocket to supply their classrooms. Of those teachers, 9 out of 10 were not reimbursed. That’s why Feed the Children operates five Teacher Stores around the country, providing free books, school supplies, and other classroom necessities to teachers in Title I schools. They are located in:
In fiscal year 2020, our Teacher Stores benefited a potential 574,000 students across 355 school districts by helping more than 17,000 teachers and providing them with approximately $3.7 million in teaching supplies as well as books valued at $7 million.
The Feed the Children Teacher Stores also offer food pantries in all five locations. The food pantries provide healthy snack options for teachers to hand out to their students in class. Snacks provided include assorted nuts, dried fruit, and health bars. Teachers can use the food as an afternoon snack for students in class, an after-school snack for when kids go home, and as a nutritious classroom boost before giving a test.
Food is important. But it’s not the only thing families need. And in the struggle to afford life’s necessities, there isn’t always enough money to go around. That’s why Feed the Children provides not only food, but essential items such as shampoo, soap, toothpaste, and cleaning supplies. These supplies make it possible for the families we serve to not only survive, but thrive.
When disaster strikes, quick response times are crucial to relief efforts. At Feed the Children, we know how important it is to anticipate and immediately address damage caused by hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and tornadoes —anything that leaves children and their families vulnerable.
We work with community partners in hard-hit areas to distribute food, water, cleaning supplies, and essentials to families in need. In addition, we provide Kid’s Disaster Packs to ensure that children have the resources they need to cope during the relief and recovery process.