Feed The Children

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Established over 40 years ago, Feed the Children is one of the leading anti-hunger organizations.

We dare to envision a world where no child goes to bed hungry. To help create that world, we are dedicated to helping families and communities achieve stable lives and to reducing the need for help tomorrow-all while providing food and assistance to help them today.

In the United States we distribute product donations of food and other items from corporate donors through our network of local community partners, we provide classroom support and school supplies to students in vulnerable areas, and we mobilize resources quickly to aid recovery efforts when natural disasters strike.

Internationally, we manage child-focused community development programs that focus on reducing hunger and malnutrition, teaching health and promoting self-reliance in 8 countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin American. We welcome partnerships because we know that our work would not be possible without collaborative relationships. We seek to connect donors, partners, experts, volunteers, leaders and communities to raise awareness about childhood hunger and make it a thing of the past. That's something we can only do together.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Feed The Children
333 N. Meridian
Oklahoma City, OK 73107-3107

Website: www.feedthechildren.org

Phone: (405) 942-0228

Email: info@feedthechildren.org

Organization details

EIN: 736108657

CEO/President: Travis Arnold

Chairman: Mike Hogan

Board size: 12

Founder: Dr. Larry Jones

Ruling year: 1979

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Create a world where no child goes to bed hungry.

Mission statement

Providing hope and resources for those without life's essentials.

Strategic Vision: Feed the Children stands ready to help - near and far. From an international child who needs a nourishing meal and school supplies, to grandparents who are raising their grandchildren on a fixed income, or a U.S. military family trying to make ends meet while a parent is deployed, we are unwavering in our dedication to helping our neighbors and building caring communities.

As we embark on the next five years in our history, we are inspired, and we remain committed to doing our part to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry.

Statement of faith

Feed The Children is a non-denominational organization. Though many churches, synagogues and mosques support our organization and still others assist in the distribution of goods, there is no individual church, denomination or religion that controls our work. All of the members of our board share our convictions about the importance of helping others and identify themselves as Christians; however none of them acts as a representative of an organized religious body.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating74 of 102212 of 85
Fund acquisition rating195 of 102419 of 85
Resource allocation rating100 of 102415 of 85
Asset utilization rating285 of 102227 of 85

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$148,175,060$105,575,610$48,195,274$72,032,422$95,719,577
Short-term investments$37,890,849$23,321,974$25,483,563$28,212,670$27,341,355
Other current assets$549,483$549,483$2,363,513$5,484,733$5,484,733
Total current assets$193,467,585$134,969,044$77,682,833$107,303,420$131,069,790
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$25,766,096$18,570,514$20,293,323$20,447,359$22,823,609
Other long-term assets$355,058$1,190,829$2,390,379$2,976,934$0
Total long-term assets$26,121,154$19,761,343$22,683,702$23,424,293$22,823,609
Total assets$219,588,739$154,730,387$100,366,535$130,727,713$153,893,399
Payables and accrued expenses$4,591,706$4,312,279$4,624,398$5,561,248$4,654,581
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$4,591,706$4,312,279$4,624,398$5,561,248$4,654,581
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$367,377$202,075$167,093$148,737$160,582
Total long-term liabilities$3,115,619$3,741,379$5,382,496$3,638,900$5,519,519
Total liabilities$7,707,325$8,053,658$10,006,894$9,200,148$10,174,100
Net assets20212020201920182017
Without donor restrictions$185,611,254$133,009,003$83,566,775$111,421,155$132,868,803
With donor restrictions$26,270,160$13,667,726$6,792,866$10,106,410$10,850,496
Net assets$211,881,414$146,676,729$90,359,641$121,527,565$143,719,299
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Total contributions$585,309,326$465,016,100$284,001,837$369,173,955$408,221,448
Program service revenue$0$0$0$3,571,227$3,669,894
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$5,289,861$358,067$812,405$1,546,520$2,767,008
Other revenue$19,545,402$5,074,159$3,424,828$1,779,124$3,134,666
Total other revenue$24,835,263$5,432,226$4,237,233$6,896,871$9,571,568
Total revenue$610,144,589$470,448,326$288,239,070$376,070,826$417,793,016
Program services$515,110,608$384,530,913$292,504,110$369,089,366$396,650,691
Management and general$15,520,996$15,705,759$14,140,948$14,181,859$11,563,472
Total expenses$544,939,904$414,131,238$319,406,994$394,733,633$423,263,425
Change in net assets20212020201920182017
Surplus (deficit)$65,204,685$56,317,088($31,167,924)($18,662,807)($5,470,409)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0($3,528,927)($4,399,631)
Total change in net assets$65,204,685$56,317,088($31,167,924)($22,191,734)($9,870,040)


Jc Watts JrFormer Director/CEO$1,870,000
Travis ArnoldDirector/Chief Executive O$376,823
Christy TharpChief Financial Officer$221,887
Gary SloanChief Operating Officer$219,126
Mike PanasChief Information Officer$206,192
Bob ThomasChief Administrative Offic$190,705
Seintje VeldhuisRegional Director, Africa$189,253
Becky GraningerChief Dev & Mktg Officer$188,889
Scott KilloughSVP, International Ops$157,221
David WaltersVP of Development$151,747
Nancy RewVP of Marketing$150,548
Brian HutchensVP of Direct Response Fund$143,846

Compensation data as of: 6/30/2020

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/20/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


Feed the Children was founded in 1979 and during its history has provided clothing, medical assistance and educational opportunities to underprivileged children in nations around the world.

The goal has been to help needy families move beyond relief assistance and become productive and self-sufficient members of their community.

Program accomplishments

Working with our partners, in Fiscal Year 2020 Feed the Children:

Distributed approximately 87.8 million pounds of food and essential items worldwide to benefit more than 7.3 million people globally.

Reached 5.6 million children and families in the United States with distributions of shelf-stable food and essential household items valued at more than $329 million.

Benefited 1.7 million children and caregivers in the international communities where we work, providing more than 241,000 school-age children with regular, nutritious meals.

Helped more than 17,000 teachers across 355 U.S. school districts with more than $3.7 million in teaching supplies as well as books valued at more than $7 million to reach more than 574,000 students.

Provided more than 1.7 million pounds of food and supplies valued at more than $4.6 million to disaster-affected regions in the United States.


Feed The Children has communicated the following needs:

The domestic feeding program is focused on combating hunger in the United States. For only or $19 per month we will provide $100 worth of food and essentials to a hungry child.

Our international feeding program is an efficient way to meet the needs of many displaced children worldwide that need immediate and ongoing attention. For $15 each month a real difference can be made in the lives of children worldwide. For this small amount we can feed a child for the entire month.

International Child Sponsorship offers an opportunity for caring persons to send monthly support to supplement a child's care consisting of food, clean water, medical attention, and educational opportunities. Your $30 US monthly support will help a child with basic necessities that determine the kind of future he or she will have. Without them, there may be no future. You will receive regular updates on your child's progress including notes and/or drawings.

For more information on these needs see the ministry's website.