Feed My Starving Children

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Summary

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) believes hope starts with food. As a Christian nonprofit, FMSC is dedicated to seeing every child whole in body and spirit. FMSC works with food distribution partners that stay with communities for the long haul, empowering them to move from relief to development.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Feed My Starving Children
401 93rd Avenue NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Website: fmsc.org

Phone: 763-504-2919

Email: [email protected]


Organization details

EIN: 411601449

CEO/President: Mark Crea

Chairman: Gary Tygesson

Board size: 16

Founder: Richard Proudfit

Ruling year: 1989

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 02/28

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

As a Christian nonprofit organization, Feed My Starving Children is called to feed God's starving children hungry in body and spirit.

You will hear us say this again and again: "We want to reach everyone, until ALL are fed." We truly mean this. This means reaching the hard-to-reach people and places, the "least of these." They will be found, and they will be fed.

With God's help we will work together with organizations and ministries across the globe to end hunger.


Mission statement

Feeding God's starving children hungry in body and spirit.


Statement of faith

As a Christian organization:

We believe there is one God in three persons: Father, Son and the Holy Spirit. He has directed us to help others in need.

We believe The Gospel is the reason Feed My Starving Children exists. We strive to listen for and follow the will of Jesus Christ every day in all we do.

We believe every child has a right to be fed a nutritious meal. "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat." - Matthew 25:35

We believe when we "love our neighbors as ourselves," our lives are enriched. (Mark 12:31) The same is true when we graciously give our own time and resources to help others in need. "Give and it will be given to you." - Luke 6:38

We believe that partnering with other faith based and humanitarian organizations maximizes our ability to feed God's children and enables our partners to provide more sustainable community development.

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Transparency grade

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating611 of 103349 of 85
Fund acquisition rating518 of 103546 of 85
Resource allocation rating514 of 103545 of 85
Asset utilization rating696 of 103355 of 85

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
6%6%7%8%8%7%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%6%7%7%7%7%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
99%94%97%98%97%97%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%8%7%7%8%8%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
1%6%3%2%3%3%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
85%85%86%86%85%86%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
93%76%98%105%95%92%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
78%65%84%91%81%79%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
7%24%2%-5%5%8%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
14%43%7%-17%15%25%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
7%7%7%7%7%7%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.491.072.262.231.871.98
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.221.161.291.361.251.30
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.131.242.933.032.352.57
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
9.595.233.932.113.052.56
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.100.190.250.470.330.39
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
4.597.853.052.083.442.84
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20212020201920182017
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
11%24%23%39%30%36%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%7%4%4%4%6%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
54%72%34%27%37%32%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20212020201920182017
Cash$26,730,401$11,781,774$8,396,075$10,825,494$9,147,002
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$4,439,179$4,728,095$7,136,357$6,146,538$4,668,039
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$31,169,580$16,509,869$15,532,432$16,972,032$13,815,041
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$3,976,140$4,790,862$5,525,160$4,213,770$4,102,585
Other long-term assets$1,011,413$78,630$87,305$87,105$74,909
Total long-term assets$4,987,553$4,869,492$5,612,465$4,300,875$4,177,494
Total assets$36,157,133$21,379,361$21,144,897$21,272,907$17,992,535
 
Liabilities20212020201920182017
Payables and accrued expenses$5,964,404$4,203,977$4,372,822$2,841,756$3,034,883
Other current liabilities$0$0$2,997,366$2,723,610$2,355,971
Total current liabilities$5,964,404$4,203,977$7,370,188$5,565,366$5,390,854
Debt$2,587,535$753,702$816,648$877,281$1,056,879
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$2,587,535$753,702$816,648$877,281$1,056,879
Total liabilities$8,551,939$4,957,679$8,186,836$6,442,647$6,447,733
 
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$24,395,763$13,145,856$10,927,059$12,672,353$9,986,439
With donor restrictions$3,209,431$3,275,826$2,031,002$2,157,907$1,558,363
Net assets$27,605,194$16,421,682$12,958,061$14,830,260$11,544,802
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20212020201920182017
Total contributions$47,209,648$48,288,254$43,743,442$40,857,747$37,504,730
Program service revenue$2,720,500$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$121,446$83,931$61,910$47,746$6,236
Other revenue$425,192$1,173,325$1,052,700$1,079,515$997,971
Total other revenue$3,267,138$1,257,256$1,114,610$1,127,261$1,004,207
Total revenue$50,476,786$49,545,510$44,858,052$41,985,008$38,508,937
 
Expenses20212020201920182017
Program services$32,792,167$41,391,879$40,633,548$33,954,742$30,548,310
Management and general$2,795,369$3,455,804$3,171,071$2,757,650$2,343,088
Fundraising$2,966,578$3,537,275$3,316,771$3,114,557$2,679,359
Total expenses$38,554,114$48,384,958$47,121,390$39,826,949$35,570,757
 
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$11,922,672$1,160,552($2,263,338)$2,158,059$2,938,180
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$11,922,672$1,160,552($2,263,338)$2,158,059$2,938,180

Compensation

NameTitleCompensation
Mark CreaCEO$293,834
Andy CarrVP of Development & Marketing$204,579
Matthew MuraskiVP of Intl Programs & Supply Chain$187,412
Dan Stennes-RognessVP of Finance/CFO$159,223
Jeanine PicardiVP of Human Resources$154,751
Laura BernardVP of Manufacturing$101,674
Lisa EllisVP of Manufacturing$52,269

Compensation data as of: 2/28/2021


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History

Since our founding in 1987, Feed My Starving Children has given hope in Jesus' name in the form of nutritious MannaPack meals to so many who are hungry around the world. We ask His blessing and your support in the years ahead as we continue on, until all are fed.

1987 - FOUNDING

Challenged by needs he saw on a mission trip to Honduras in 1982, late Minnesota businessman Richard Proudfit heard God say, "If you've seen my starving children, feed them." Feed My Starving Children was founded in 1987 and began working to develop an effective and nutritious meal formula.

1993 - RICE FORMULA

With the help of a team of Cargill food scientists and colleagues from General Mills and Pillsbury, a vitamin-and-mineral fortified rice meal was created specifically for malnourished children around the age of five years old. FMSC changed the name from "Fortified Rice Soy Casserole" to MannaPack Rice in 2008.

1994 - VOLUNTEER PRODUCTION

After bottles, cartons and machine-canning were ruled out, a timely donation came: 1 million plastic bags from a discontinued Green Giant product. Board members trial-packed a few bags and today's volunteer meal-packing model was born. In 2005, productivity jumped 40% when engineers recommended volunteers form "cells" around the funnel.

1994 - FIRST MEAL SHIPMENTS

Volunteers were recruited to help pack meals for FMSC's first major shipment of MannaPack Rice to a pediatric hospital in Rwanda, Africa, via FMSC partner Operation Blessing. Meals were then sent to Haiti via Mercy Ships, then to Belarus and Paraguay. FMSC food has reached more than 70 countries through hundreds of food distribution partners. More than 99% of meals have arrived safely.

1998 - 2004 - TRANSITION & REDEDICATION

For many years, FMSC struggled to produce 2-3 million meals a year. The founder left the organization in 1998 to start a different charity. In December 2003, the board rededicated FMSC to Christ and hired current Executive Director/CEO Mark Crea in April 2004. Prayer became a priority every day. Support increased dramatically.

2004 - SITE EXPANSION

One site in Brooklyn Park, Minn. expanded to two with a site in Eagan, Minn. Other expansions rapidly followed: Chanhassen, Minn. in 2006; Aurora, Ill. in 2008; Schaumburg, Ill. in 2010; Tempe, Ariz. in 2011; Libertyville, Ill. in November 2012; and Richardson, TX in July 2018. In 2009 the Brooklyn Park HQ and packing site moved to its current location in Coon Rapids, Minn. In 2015 the Tempe packing site moved to Mesa, Ariz., in 2019 the Eagan, MN packing site expanded and the Schaumburg, Illin. site is about to relocate to expand. FMSC opened a warehouse in Norcross, Ga. in 2014 and Middletown, Penn. in 2015.

2004 - FIRST MOBILEPACK

Youth Encounter (YE) asked FMSC to bring a service experience to 300 students gathering in Kansas City, Mo. It was successful, and YE asked for more events. FMSC MobilePack events were born.

2007 - FMSC MARKETPLACE

While visiting an FMSC partner in Haiti, staff member Meghan Howard bought several hand-beaded bracelets from a group of young artisans. She then purchased 100 bracelets made by women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to sell at FMSC. In a matter of days, they sold out and generated $500 for the artisans. FMSC bought more and sold more, and FMSC's MarketPlace began.

In fiscal year '16/'17, FMSC supported 1,951 local artisans in countries that receive FMSC meals and FMSC MarketPlace sales provided 5,263,360 meals.

2008 - 2010 - POTATO FORMULAS

FMSC collaborated with leading HIV nutritionist Cade Fields-Gardner, MS, RDN, LDN, CD, to develop MannaPack Potato-D, the world's first and only food to treat diarrhea, a leading killer of children worldwide. When orphanages began using the smooth formula to feed infants, FMSC modified the formula to create Potato-W, a weaning food that provides complete nutrients for babies 7-12 months old.

2011 - CROPPS PROGRAM

FMSC's CROPPS (Coalition of Relief Organizations Promoting Practical Solutions) sustainability initiative launched in Nicaragua in 2011 to develop relationships between FMSC partners working in the same country and other like-minded organizations to collaborate on best practices in food aid, agricultural development, government, ministry and more. CROPPS groups are currently established in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Liberia, Philippines, Honduras, El Salvador and Swaziland.

2012 - PBFA PROGRAM

FMSC initiated a short-term, highly targeted project (1-3 years) called PBFA (Project Based Food Assistance) to bring church, government and community leaders together in a comprehensive campaign to eliminate hunger at its roots in a specific community. Projects are currently underway in the Philippines and Dominican Republic.

2017 - THEN & NOW

1994 - 2,409 volunteers packed 400,000 meals

2017 - More than 1.2 million volunteers packed more than 333 million meals


Program accomplishments

Because of You in 2021/22:
1,091,787 kids fed for a year
477,486 volunteers came back to pack under new COVID-19 safety guidelines
20,38 artisans employed by FMSC MarketPlace partners
398,502,580 total meals produced


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