NGO: Food For The Hungry

Founded: 1971

Philosophy: Food for the Hungry seeks to work with churches, leaders and families in overcoming all forms of human poverty by living in healthy relationship with God and his creation.  They believe they are achieving the mission of serving Christ by:
•    Helping churches to reach out to their communities
•    Guiding leaders to identify and solve specific problems within their communities
•    Encouraging family members to help meet each other’s needs

What we do: Food for the Hungry is meeting physical and spiritual hungers in 37 developing countries worldwide through programs such as child sponsorship, food production, water and sanitation, health care, shipping, agriculture, relief and church development. (

Funding: The annual budget exceeds $76 million and more than 93 percent of total income, including commodities, goes to field programs. (

Funding: Contributions: $14,375,659, Government Grants: $6,995,171,Gifts In-kind: $55,399,611, Investment Income: $185,661, Change in Value of Trusts and Annuities: $29,938, Other Income; $2,923, Total Support, Revenue and Reclassification: $76,983,117.

Who they partner with or collaborate with: Local business leaders, churches, volunteers and schools.

Staff: The international partnership of Food for the Hungry is now 2,000 staff strong, with 70 of those staff working at FHUS in Phoenix, Arizona.

Facts: Dr. Larry Ward founded Food for the Hungry in 1971 in California then moved the organization’s offices to Arizona in 1974.  After Dr. Larry Ward retired in 1984, Dr. Ted Yamamori took over and then in 1984 he left the position to two individuals who Randall L. Hoag looks after the International offices in Bangkok Thailand and Benjamin K. Homan who looks after the U.S. offices in Arizona.

Where they work: 37 different countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Cambodia, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dem. Rep. of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Iraq, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, North Korea, Peru, Philippines, Phoenix, Az, Romania, Rwanda, Sudan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Uzbekistan


University of Hawaii at Manoa; Center of Excellence in DMHA; ICRC

Contact Information

Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
2424 Maile Way, Saunders Hall 118
Honolulu, HI 96822