Food for the Hungry, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   3 reviews

Issues: International, Religion

Location: 1220 E Washington St Phoenix AZ 85034 USA

Mission: Food for the Hungry, an international relief and development agency of Christian motivation, is helping the poor in more than 45 developing countries to overcome hunger and poverty. Through integrated self-development and relief programs, Food for the Hungry helps those who are affected by natural disasters such as floods, famines, and earthquakes, as well as those affected by war, hunger and poverty.
Programs: Food for the Hungry programs include child sponsorship, emergency relief and rehabilitation, community clean water projects, health education and intervention, agriculture development, income generation, skills training and education. Our staff works with churches and indigenous organizations to help them better serve the needs of people in their own communities. Mission opportunities are offered through our Short-term Teams Ministry and longer-term assignments through the Hunger Corps program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

My church has had a partnership with Food for the Hungry for more than 10 years, partnering with them in two communities in Peru. I have had the privilege of going on two short-term missions trips to these communities. Food for the Hungry uses staff from in the country to work daily in the communities. These workers are amazing in their ability to work on developing the whole person and improve the lives of the community members. They are also careful to avoid fostering dependency and have an exit strategy once the goals of the community have been reached.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I spent 2 weeks in Rwanda with Food for the Hungry. We worked in a small village building a home for a woman with health issues (HIV) and her children. She was chosen by the village, not by FFH, FFH hires many locals to work directly with recipients. They empower the locals and do not push their agendas, instead are cooperative and inclusionary. I currently sponsor a child from the village where I work. I saw first hand what my money does for her, and I know the FHH staffer who writes update reports. I would highly recommend sponsoring a child if you can't volunteer or give a large amount.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Because we built a house, we got to see exactly how we changed the family. This woman and her children were living in a tiny hut with a leaky leaf-roof.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'm not sure if I know enough to answer this. I wouldn't change anything from what I saw, but I have no direct experience on how they operate at HQ.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

None. We worked hard all day long, every day, and that's what made it great. We lived like the villagers - no running water, no electricity.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It had a tremendous effect on me. I would take 2 weeks doing what I was doing in Africa over any high-end vacation.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

I felt blessed. Not because I have so much compared to the people I was working with and for in Africa, but because I got to meet these people and live and work with them for 2 weeks.

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Over 94% of this charity's funds are used directly for program expenses - the highest I have seen among its class. Their Gift Catalog is extensive, from giving farm tools, to seeds, to goats, to school supplies, to water and medicine. All very practical and tangible ways to impact a life. I like their Poverty180 program where you choose among 4 programs to support and just give $9 a month (really?? JUST $9??? Yes!) and get quarterly updates of how your money is changing a life or a village! And they have recently been recognized by the USAID as a valuable partner in the African drought crisis and receiving grants which multiply your donation 10 times so you get (or give) more bang for your buck. Oh and the best part of all, they are faith based and do it all in Christ's name with the intent of spreading the Gospel through their relief work. There's really NOTHING more I could look for in a charity!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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