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Feed The Children, Inc.
March 16, 2011

I am the CEO of a statewide faith-based, free foodbank in Arkansas. We have been a distribution partner with Feed The Children for over 20 years. When FTC has food to share, they call or email. When we face shortages in food, we call them and they respond. When disasters hit Arkansas and we request assistance, they respond in a big way.

As a Christian organization, one of our most important resources is to pray for whatever we need, and more times than I can count, the way God answers our prayers is through Feed The Children.

FTC also seems to do a good job of inspecting the agencies they partner with, to make sure the food is not sold, traded, or used for purposes other than feeding the hungry. There is a pretty intensive application and inspection process, which I would think their donors, especially food donors, would appreciate.

Many foodbanks charge a shared maintenance fee, so donated food ends up costing the hunger agency. That is never the case with Feed The Children, and they do not allow their recipients to charge for the food either. I appreciate that donated food is given away based on need, not on how much money the charity has to spend.

The Great!

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

Donations of food and non food items for over many years, that we then distribute through our approved network of over 300 churches and community organizations and 600 public schools that send food home in backpacks for children having problems in school due to hunger at home.

Ways to make it better...

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

Increase their food donations so they could provide more food throughout their network across the nation and around the world.

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & We distribute about 8 million pounds of food per year to hunger programs, churches and public school backpack programs in Arkansas.

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