Children's Hunger Fund / CHF

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Join us as we come alongside the local church to deliver life-saving food and aid with a message of Hope that is eternal. Children around the world are hungry and living in poverty. We deliver help and the hope of the gospel to a suffering world.

Children's Hunger Fund was established in 1991 by president and founder Dave Phillips. Since then, CHF has worked in the US and around the world to elevate the local church, equipping and positioning church leaders and volunteers to reach suffering children and families in their communities by delivering food and hope found in the gospel of Christ.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Children's Hunger Fund
13931 Balboa Blvd.
Sylmar, CA 91342


Phone: (800) 708-7589

Email: [email protected]

Organization details

EIN: 954335462

CEO/President: David Phillips

Chairman: Dana Scannell

Board size: 11

Founder: David Phillips

Ruling year: 1996

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2003


According to the World Bank, roughly eight percent of the world population lives in extreme poverty (less than $2.15 per day). Most lack access to one or more basic human needs: sufficient food, safe drinking water, or adequate shelter.

We believe the most effective way to meet the needs of children and families living in poverty is through building meaningful relationships.

To that end, Children's Hunger Fund (CHF) has developed a highly relational model to reach the poor, to meet both physical and spiritual needs. This is accomplished through home visits conducted by trained church volunteers who serve families in their own communities.

Equipped with resources from CHF, church volunteers visit recipient families regularly, bringing practical expressions of God's love and mercy in the form of nutritional food, clothing, hygiene products, and other aid. Over time, through evangelism and discipleship, CHF hopes to see children and families come to know Jesus in a personal way, become active members of the church, and seek to tell others about God.

Mission statement

Our mission is to deliver hope to suffering children by equipping local churches for gospel-centered mercy ministry.

Statement of faith


God exists eternally as three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Hebrews 9:14)


The Heavenly Father, the first person of the triune Godhead, in His great love for the world, sent His beloved only begotten Son into the world as the Savior of mankind to provide everlasting life and Fatherhood for each believer. (John 3:16, Romans 8:14, 1 John 4:14)


Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God; was manifested in the flesh by virgin birth; was crucified as the only acceptable sacrifice for our sins; arose bodily from the grave; is preparing a place for us; will return for us. (John 1:35; John 1:1, 14, John 14:1-6, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Corinthians 15:3-9, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Peter 3:18)


The Holy Spirit draws, regenerates, and gifts us to confess Jesus as our Savior from our sins and Lord of our lives; indwells us to explain the Bible and empowers us to live godly lives. He is also the Agent of our security and inheritance in Christ. (John 16:7-14, Acts 5:3-4, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 5:17-21)


Every person is a sinner and separated from God until repenting of his sins and receiving God's gift of eternal life by trusting in Jesus Christ alone as Savior and Lord. (Acts 4:12, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Peter 1:18-21)


The Bible is the Word of God; it is God-breathed and without error; it is the final authority for our faith and living. (Psalm 19:7-8, Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Peter 1:20-21)


Believers are eternally safe and secure in Jesus and give evidence of genuine faith by a life of good works. (John 3:16, John 10:27-29, Romans 8:38-39, James 2:14-17)


The church is the living body of Christ on earth comprised of all believers in Jesus Christ, but is manifested through assemblies which are devoted to worshipping God, maturing believers and reaching unbelievers with the Gospel. (Matthew 16:8, Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Corinthians 12:27, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 4:11-13, Hebrews 10:25)


The future life of believers is a blessed eternity with God in heaven, but unbelievers face eternal suffering apart from God. (Matthew 25:46, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:8, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 20:11-15)


Within God's ultimate sovereign choice, eternal life is offered to the world from a divine heart of love that desires all to respond to that love, wanting no one to perish and promising an eternal relationship to every sincere seeker. (Proverbs 8:17, Jeremiah 19:13, Amos 5:4, John 1:7. 3:16-17, 5:40, 6:44, Romans 8:33, Ephesians 1:4-5, 1 Timothy 2:3-4, 2 Peter 3:9)


We believe that the term "marriage" has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25; Mark 10:6-9.)

We believe that God has provided for sexual intimacy to occur only within marriage and that any form of sexual intimacy outside of the bounds of marriage, as marriage is herein defined, is sin. (Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 18, 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating15 of 11105 of 88
Fund acquisition rating83 of 11119 of 88
Resource allocation rating52 of 11116 of 88
Asset utilization rating54 of 11108 of 88

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$4,600,174$3,426,285$2,974,393$5,371,271$8,810,381
Short-term investments$12,914,113$965,815$0$1,008$20,705
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$22,422,500$19,542,093$13,809,512$13,562,372$15,122,822
Long-term investments$64,263$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$13,651,417$13,911,991$14,600,825$15,099,568$12,982,717
Other long-term assets$672,654$61,217$61,217$61,217$0
Total long-term assets$14,388,334$13,973,208$14,662,042$15,160,785$12,982,717
Total assets$36,810,834$33,515,301$28,471,554$28,723,157$28,105,539
Payables and accrued expenses$1,006,262$707,457$688,623$582,742$913,039
Other current liabilities$52,766$47,294$43,750$44,867$106,900
Total current liabilities$1,059,028$754,751$732,373$627,609$1,019,939
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$593,172$0$32,776$112,031$261,822
Total long-term liabilities$4,849,318$4,356,123$4,485,573$4,735,887$5,220,466
Total liabilities$5,908,346$5,110,874$5,217,946$5,363,496$6,240,405
Net assets20232022202120202017
Without donor restrictions$27,749,025$23,472,662$20,949,485$20,204,125$17,638,778
With donor restrictions$3,153,463$4,931,765$2,304,123$3,155,536$4,226,356
Net assets$30,902,488$28,404,427$23,253,608$23,359,661$21,865,134
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$176,452,542$124,824,829$123,548,394$65,611,102$83,766,406
Program service revenue$293,121$107,473$41,660$116,029$33,595
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$75,907($87,806)$35,498$273,480($1,162)
Other revenue($506,583)($548,261)$88,536($409,918)($314,863)
Total other revenue($137,555)($528,594)$165,694($20,409)($282,430)
Total revenue$176,314,987$124,296,235$123,714,088$65,590,693$83,483,976
Program services$170,996,611$116,449,391$121,366,602$57,555,309$74,806,102
Management and general$2,092,993$1,956,860$1,752,838$1,830,044$1,632,903
Total expenses$173,846,634$119,111,144$123,820,141$60,032,124$77,135,389
Change in net assets20232022202120202017
Surplus (deficit)$2,468,353$5,185,091($106,053)$5,558,569$6,348,587
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,468,353$5,185,091($106,053)$5,558,569$6,348,587


David PhillipsPresident$279,754
Michael RichardsSenior Vice President$196,746
Jason HartungVice President of Finance (CFO)$192,723
Morgan Owen part yearExec. Dir. Relationship Development$164,715
Buddy BrewerExecutive Director Operations$143,999
Timothy HackettRegional Director, West$140,419
Roger BayramianController$131,773

Compensation data as of: 3/31/2023

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 4/24/2024. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


After witnessing devastating poverty at a children's hospital in Honduras, CHF's Founder and President, Dave Phillips, decided to dedicate his life to serving suffering children. He recognized the overwhelming amount of poverty seen in children around the world, and that the local church is called to be the vehicle of mercy to serve those in need. In 1991, Dave and his wife Lynn founded CHF as a 501(c)(3) organization from their Southern California garage.

Their desire to equip churches to meet the physical and spiritual needs of their own communities expanded from serving the Greater Los Angeles area to operating distribution centers in San Antonio and Dallas, Texas. Currently, CHF provides resources to 103 churches in California and 219 churches in Texas.

CHF has also expanded internationally, and now has Mercy Networks, or groups of trained churches, actively serving in 31 developing countries worldwide. Currently, CHF partners with 748 international churches in Latin America, Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Mercy Network church partners continue to expand their reach into new communities and more families are hearing the hope of the gospel through gospel-centered, relational mercy ministry.

Program accomplishments

CHF has distributed food and shared the hope of the gospel to over 300 million children around the world.


CHF is seeking help with cash donations, corporate/employer-matching gifts, stock donations, volunteers, gifts-in-kind, and Food Pak donations. Every 25 cents can provide one meal to a child in need. Please see for more details.