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: 12

Founder: David Phillips

Ruling year: 1996

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2003


The Problem

More than ten percent of the world population lives in extreme poverty (less than $1.90 per day). Most lack access to one or more basic human needs: sufficient food, safe drinking water, or adequate shelter.

Combatting poverty and food insecurity demands more than simple charity. While nutritious food provides temporary relief of physical hunger, the life-giving truth of the gospel provides eternal hope and relief from spiritual poverty.

Our Solution

It starts with a Food Pak.

A Food Pak is a box of non-perishable food that can provide meals for a family facing food insecurity. The food is provided by generous donors and corporate partners and packed by volunteers into Food Paks.

Food Paks are then distributed to pastors and volunteers from local churches who are trained in gospel-centered relational mercy ministry. The food is then delivered directly to the homes of children and families in need in their community.

This unique style of home delivery allows for relationships to form between the family and the local church who is serving them. This relationship creates an opportunity to share the hope of the gospel, helping to meet not only physical needs but spiritual needs, as well.

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 rating16 of 10742 of 82
Fund acquisition rating94 of 10758 of 82
Resource allocation rating44 of 10753 of 82
Asset utilization rating81 of 10748 of 82

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$2,975,401$5,374,895$2,801,870$8,817,131$6,020,804
Short-term investments$0$1,008$18,933$20,705$1,742,121
Other current assets$55,541$71,953$0$0$0
Total current assets$22,485,924$13,575,717$7,021,508$15,080,276$12,956,631
Long-term investments$2,636,997$1,214,751$1,298,942$1,324,626$0
Fixed assets$14,600,825$15,099,568$16,074,249$12,982,717$9,834,876
Other long-term assets$61,217$61,217$274,517$60,953$62,129
Total long-term assets$17,299,039$16,375,536$17,647,708$14,368,296$9,897,005
Total assets$39,784,963$29,951,253$24,669,216$29,448,572$22,853,636
Payables and accrued expenses$688,623$586,492$549,615$917,049$669,134
Other current liabilities$177,425$267,000$252,658$307,076$266,287
Total current liabilities$866,048$853,492$802,273$1,224,125$935,421
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$52,325$126,470$208,501$261,784
Total long-term liabilities$4,351,898$4,513,754$4,747,669$5,020,290$5,220,516
Total liabilities$5,217,946$5,367,246$5,549,942$6,244,415$6,155,937
Net assets20212020201920172016
Without donor restrictions$22,636,082$21,428,471$17,639,960$18,977,801$12,968,685
With donor restrictions$11,930,935$3,155,536$1,479,314$4,226,356$3,729,014
Net assets$34,567,017$24,584,007$19,119,274$23,204,157$16,697,699
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$133,732,227$66,100,575$66,363,527$84,266,561$48,820,002
Program service revenue$44,890$132,867$135,172$33,595$45,359
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$443,989($33,539)$32,191$228,183$162,327
Other revenue$89,492$242,976$3,179($1,872)$2,167
Total other revenue$578,371$342,304$170,542$259,906$209,853
Total revenue$134,310,598$66,442,879$66,534,069$84,526,467$49,029,855
Program services$121,811,850$58,015,089$67,227,790$75,318,537$42,763,363
Management and general$1,804,628$1,881,231$2,316,254$1,688,825$1,551,501
Total expenses$124,327,588$60,978,146$70,618,952$78,020,009$45,112,623
Change in net assets20212020201920172016
Surplus (deficit)$9,983,010$5,464,733($4,084,883)$6,506,458$3,917,232
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$9,983,010$5,464,733($4,084,883)$6,506,458$3,917,232


David PhillipsPresident$266,182
Michael RichardsSenior Vice President$188,529
Jason Hartung Vice Presidentof Finance (CFO)$169,915
Mark Tatlock DirectorChaplain/Exec. Consultant$8,000

Compensation data as of: 3/31/2021

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The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 11/30/2022. To update the information below, please email: [email protected]


Children's Hunger Fund began their food distribution program to feed hungry families in Southern California in 1992. When the Los Angeles riot broke out, they immediately responded by increasing their program into South-Central Los Angeles. To break the cycle of poverty, they worked with World Impact to establish a job-training program for inner-city youth throughout the nation.

Over the next two years, Children's Hunger Fund expanded in their goal to serve children in need, across America and around the world. The first of many truckloads of food and clothing were sent to help Native American children in Arizona. Relief assistance was sent to children in orphanages in Mexico, Central Europe and Africa.

In January 1994, the Northridge earthquake struck a few miles from Children's Hunger Fund's headquarters. With their warehouse full of food, but only $500 in the bank, they responded immediately by giving all the food to local churches to help feed the community. Within days, public agencies and private corporations refilled the warehouse over and over again with food and clothing to feed over 50,000 families each week for months.

Over the years, Children's Hunger Fund responded to emergencies around the world helping children and their families in their time of greatest need. Relief assistance was sent following the Indonesian Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, Horn of Africa famine, Haitian Earthquake, Hurricane Sandy, and many others.

Today Children's Hunger Fund has 'Mercy Networks' of trained, local churches serving the poor in developing countries around the world. In the U.S., CHF's Mercy Networks in San Antonio, Chicago, and Los Angeles provide food and other assistance for some of the nations poorest families.

Many generous companies and individuals help Children's Hunger Fund transform children's lives from hunger to hope. Truck drivers transport food. Volunteers wrap gifts and fill "Food Paks," donors write checks, corporations give products, and churches care for suffering children, all in an effort to share the gospel with the poor. Together with their supporters, Children's Hunger Fund delivers hope.

Program accomplishments

We've distributed life saving food and aid to over 300 million children around the world.


Every gift helps! Generous donors help deliver life-saving food and the hope of the gospel.

Volunteers of all ages make a difference, packing food to be distributed in the US and around the world. Food Paks are distributed to pastors and volunteers around the world, who hand-deliver help and hope to the suffering in their communities.