Food for the Hungry, Inc.

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The world is hungry, but the emptiness goes far beyond the table. The need is physical and spiritual. People hunger for opportunity, starve for resources, and have been stripped of value. These injustices keep us up at night.

Food for the Hungry seeks to end ALL forms of human poverty by going to the hard places and walking with the world's most vulnerable people. For fifty years, we've been serving through purposeful relief and development. We believe in the fight against poverty, which is why we serve the vulnerable in over 20 countries globally.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Food for the Hungry, Inc.
1224 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034-1102


Phone: (480) 998-3100


Organization details

EIN: 952680390

CEO/President: Mark Viso

Chairman: Mr. Larry Jones

Board size: 10

Founder: Dr. Larry Ward

Ruling year: 1971

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 09/30

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1980


Together we follow God's call responding to human suffering and graduating communities from extreme poverty.

We're moved and inspired by our Christian belief that every person has intrinsic value, and that it's our responsibility to advocate for the poor and marginalized without regard to race, creed or nationality and without adverse distinction of any kind. We serve on the basis of need alone. We strive to respect the culture and customs of the people we serve in order to preserve their humanity and dignity.

We provide life-changing resources such as clean water, medical aid, food, equal educational opportunities to girls and boys, vocational training and empowerment in the midst of unimaginable hardships. Our view of poverty is holistic and complex. We honor the people we serve by inviting them to contribute to the process. We are grateful to be invited into the communities we serve and work side-by-side with local leaders, responding to their needs with transformative solutions, which are both sustainable and implemented at the hands of the communities themselves.

Mission statement

Food for the Hungry uses the following to communicate its mission:

Food for the Hungry is an international organization of Christian motivation, committed to working with poor people to overcome hunger and poverty through integrated self-development and relief programs. Relief efforts include famines in Africa, typhoons in Southeast Asia, floods in the United States, and earthquakes in Central America.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating530 of 102248 of 85
Fund acquisition rating733 of 102464 of 85
Resource allocation rating510 of 102448 of 85
Asset utilization rating340 of 102232 of 85

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$14,853,429$6,019,939$7,151,928$5,683,728$3,640,723
Short-term investments$7,102,211$6,993,893$4,477,562$18,504$333,283
Other current assets$0$3,568,560$3,568,560$0$0
Total current assets$58,933,530$30,333,767$26,701,149$22,048,382$13,962,309
Long-term investments$3,436,338$4,295,604$4,295,604$4,295,604$4,295,604
Fixed assets$3,113,699$3,355,694$2,032,392$1,775,534$1,964,989
Other long-term assets$3,179,926$2,845,738$2,924,282$2,718,917$1,647,248
Total long-term assets$9,729,963$10,497,036$9,252,278$8,790,055$7,907,841
Total assets$68,663,493$40,830,803$35,953,427$30,838,437$21,870,150
Payables and accrued expenses$10,031,325$5,143,132$6,194,375$5,200,200$4,772,855
Other current liabilities$5,119,981$2,700,577$2,946,988$2,563,179$880,318
Total current liabilities$15,151,306$7,843,709$9,141,363$7,763,379$5,653,173
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$3,277,507$2,741,170$2,442,660$1,662,190$1,385,514
Total long-term liabilities$6,118,279$2,741,170$2,467,492$1,728,669$1,542,288
Total liabilities$21,269,585$10,584,879$11,608,855$9,492,048$7,195,461
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$27,234,940$14,455,976$9,877,657$8,835,779$3,911,434
With donor restrictions$20,158,968$15,789,948$14,466,915$12,510,610$10,763,255
Net assets$47,393,908$30,245,924$24,344,572$21,346,389$14,674,689
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Total contributions$169,861,799$149,604,240$143,363,180$128,550,130$128,731,943
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($600,717)$378,668$224,264$240,731$167,152
Other revenue$851,966$1,201,087$406,560$663,243($178,965)
Total other revenue$251,249$1,579,755$630,824$903,974($11,813)
Total revenue$170,113,048$151,183,995$143,994,004$129,454,104$128,720,130
Program services$128,604,066$118,038,252$114,679,259$101,892,993$103,909,922
Management and general$8,522,860$8,528,864$6,606,978$5,364,357$4,967,589
Total expenses$152,894,856$145,154,677$140,942,027$122,782,404$124,231,966
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$17,218,192$6,029,318$3,051,977$6,671,700$4,488,164
Other changes in net assets($70,208)($127,966)($53,794)$0$0
Total change in net assets$17,147,984$5,901,352$2,998,183$6,671,700$4,488,164


Scott LoutRegional Director Africa$281,135
Craig JaggersRegional Deputy Director$216,146
Luis Noda thru 82020VP-Transformational Engagement$207,732
Keith CowanCFO$200,340
Edward HatchInterim CEO (thru 8/31/2020)$179,649
Peter HowardCIOO (thru 8/15/2020)$176,357
Shep OwenSr Dir Relief/Humanitarian$175,066
Ben Greene thru 32020Chief Development Officer$167,083
Jeff ArensenRegional Director Africa$129,074

Compensation data as of: 9/30/2020

Response from ministry

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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:


Dr. Larry Ward was struck by the pain and sadness of knowing that thousands of children die each day from hunger-related causes. His work in relief and development opened his eyes, and he knew he had to do something more. In 1971, he founded Food for the Hungry (FH) based on a simple premise, if children died one at a time, he could help them one at a time. Thus began his lifelong mission to serve the world's most vulnerable people in the hard places. Our organization's name, Food for the Hungry, was inspired by Psalm 146:7, which reads:

"He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free." Psalm 146:7

FH has been serving those who are living through unimaginable hardships for fifty years and today, FH works in more than 20 countries around the world providing life-changing resources such as clean water, medical aid, food, education, vocational training, spiritual development and hope.


In 1971, Dr. Larry Ward founded Food for the Hungry and in the next decade, responded to worldwide disasters in Bangladesh, Nicaragua, West Africa, Vietnam, Guatemala and Romania. After being particularly moved by the Vietnamese refugees adrift in the South China Sea, Ward and his colleagues purchased a boat to assist them to safety.


In 1980, FH launched its long-term missionary and self-support staff program called Hunger Corps, which provided a way for dedicated individuals to work in the field. FH also established an international office in Switzerland and affiliate organizations in Japan, Canada, Korea and the United Kingdom to expand the vision and work of FH to other continents. In 1984, Dr. Larry Ward retired and appointed Ted Yamamori as his successor and President of FH.


FH launched the Christian artist program, which allowed concert-goers all across the country to intersect with the message of hope and respond through child sponsorship. FH also began helping churches and other groups organize short-term trips to developing countries, bringing an effective and sustainable model to their global missions program.


FH responded to many devastating world crises, including the September 11 attacks in New York and the Indonesia tsunami that killed more than 280,000 people. FH also responded to earthquakes in El Salvador and India, famine in Malawi, a volcano in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a typhoon in South Korea, floods in Honduras and Nicaragua, war in Iraq, and to hurricanes in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and New Orleans. In 2003, FH mourned the passing of Dr. Larry Ward.


In a decade of unprecedented global challenges, FH responded to the needs of the 2010 Haiti earthquake that destroyed nearly 1 million homes, Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, and cyclones Idai and Kenneth in Mozambique. Additionally, FH served in humanitarian crises like the Rohingya refugee crisis that displaced 1.2 million people, and the Syrian refugee crisis that affected nearly 12 million Syrians. A highlight of the decade was reestablishing FH work in Vietnam in 2019. In the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, FH pivoted to help our global communities protect themselves from the virus.

Program accomplishments

FOOD's accomplishments and activity is through: Child sponsorship, emergency relief and rehabilitation, community clean water projects, health education and intervention, agriculture development, income generation, skills training and education.

Staff also work with indigenous organizations to help them better serve the needs of people in their own communities. Missions opportunities are offered through Food's longer-term assignments with its Hunger Corps program. Ongoing programs and/or Hunger Corps staff are doing ongoing development work in: Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Congo (formerly Zaire), Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Laos, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam.

Relief services and/or commodities are going to: Angola, Bosnia, Brazil, Former Soviet Union, Mongolia, North Korea, United States of America.


Food for the Hungry, Inc. uses the following to express some of its Ministry Needs:


  • $20 - To feed and education a hurting child for an entire month.
  • $48 - To provide safe drinking water in a remote village for 10 people.
  • $75 - Will supply hearty breakfasts to 50 school-aged children.
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