Feed the Children

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Feed The Children
Founder(s)Larry Jones and Frances Jones
TypeNon-governmental organization
Founded1979
HeadquartersOklahoma City, Oklahoma
FocusDelivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or natural disaster
Websitefeedthechildren.org
 
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Feed The Children
Founder(s)Larry Jones and Frances Jones
TypeNon-governmental organization
Founded1979
HeadquartersOklahoma City, Oklahoma
FocusDelivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty, or natural disaster
Websitefeedthechildren.org

Feed The Children, founded in 1979, is a non-profit relief organization, guided by Christian values, whose stated mission is "providing hope and resources for those without life's essentials". In FY 2011, Feed The Children distributed more than 104 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally. During its 33-year history, Feed The Children has worked around the globe.[1]

Feed The Children currently has a 4-Star Rating, the highest available, from Charity Navigator, the most experienced charity evaluator in the United States.[2]

In addition, through its partnership with NAEHCY (National Association of Educators for Homeless Children and Youth), Feed The Children has distributed more than 500,000 backpacks filled with school supplies, food and personal care items to homeless children enrolled in U.S. public schools. In Africa, Asia, Central and South America and The Philippines, Feed The Children provides more than 350,000 meals daily through school feeding programs.

Feed The Children is currently the 25th largest charity in the United States, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Feed the Children is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Based on the rating criteria of the American Institute of Philanthropy, Feed The Children receives an "F" rating for financial efficiency for spending only 21-23 percent of its cash budget on charitable programs.[3] Feed The Children disputes this rating, since the American Institute of Philanthropy does not include "gifts in kind" in its ratings, while other established charity rating organizations do include these gifts in their ratings. The American Institute of Philanthropy has long questioned the high value Feed the Children places on its in-kind goods,[4][5] as have Feed the Children's own auditors.[6] The American Institute of Philanthropy argues that mixing these potentially overvalued items in with the charity's cash spending would make the charity appear to be operating more efficiently than it really is which could be misleading to donors.[7]

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Disaster relief

When Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005, Feed The Children self-reported sending over 650 semi tractor-trailers totaling more than 20,000 tons of donated food and relief supplies. Between the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States and the South Asian tsunami in December 2004, Feed The Children self-reported sending more than 15,500 tons of food and relief supplies to the affected regions.

U.S. programs

Feed The Children domestic programs are focused on distributing essential items to needy families. Corporate partners donate surplus food and other supplies. Feed The Children's wholly owned for-profit subsidiary, FTC Transportation, Inc., picks up in-kind contributions from corporate warehouses and brings them to one of five Feed The Children regional distribution centers. The supplies and boxes are then delivered to pre-approved, independent partner agencies that, in turn, distribute the supplies through over 50,000 feeding centers, homeless shelters, churches and various other organizations located in communities across the U.S.[8]

International programs

Feed The Children's international programs focus on providing food, medical assistance, emergency relief and sustainable development. Recent international efforts include the Abandoned Baby Center (ABC) in Nairobi, Kenya, which provides medical treatment and safe haven for children who have been orphaned or abandoned by poverty and the AIDS epidemic. Other international projects funded by Feed The Children include medical mission trips. Another example of an international project funded by Feed the Children is the "Casa del Niño" (House of the child) in Barrio Ingles, La Ceiba, Honduras. In 2009 FTC has greatly expanded its program in Malawi. Using in-kind donations from Nuskin, Inc, 50,000 orphans and pre-school children, mostly in rural areas, receive a fortified porridge, VitaMeal.[9] Feed The Children has received an $8.5 million grant from the USAID as part of a 5-year, $20 million project for orphans and vulnerable children that will improve food security and access to nutrition, education, clean water, sanitation and sustainable agricultural development for 40,000 households and over 70,000 children impacted by HIV/AIDS in Malawi. The Tiwalere OVC Project, in full operation in 2011, will make Malawi the largest international program.[10]

Financial accountability

According to FTC, in 2011, 86% of its budget went to program services (childcare, food, medical, disaster relief, education and community development).[11] 9 percent went to fund raising and 5 percent went to management and supporting services.

Leadership dispute

After a lengthy leadership dispute between founder Larry Jones and the board and top executives of the charity, Jones agreed to give up operational control in August 2009. On November 6, 2009, the board voted to fire Jones from his position as president. On January 28, 2011, Jones and Feed The Children announced a resolution of the legal dispute. Jones is no longer associated in any way with Feed The Children [12] On June 4, 2012, Kevin Hagan, formerly with Good360, became the president and CEO of Feed The Children.


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