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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, International, International Relief, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: Feeding God’s Starving Children Hungry in Body and Spirit

Results: In 2015, FMSC produced nearly 273 million meals thanks to the work of more than one million volunteers.

Target demographics: FMSC provides nutritious meals for starving children

Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, more than 745,000 children were fed nutritious meals daily

Geographic areas served: Nearly 70 countries around the world

Programs: Hunger relief, sustainable development, volunteerism

Community Stories

19 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 4

I wrote a critique regarding the fundraising package... I did not intend to discourage others from giving to this worthwhile cause. In fact I think that 2.4 cents spent on fundraising out of ever dollar I give is not all that bad as they do need to send us reminders and secure funds to keep this project on going. In fact, I will continue to support them as they not only supply goods, but spread the Gospel. Who am I to judge.

Donor

Rating: 3

Disappointed this year. I think they are a good cause, and a good organization and I have been giving to them for a few years... I may consider stopping this year as I see my donations just came back to me in a heavy, thick, slick, full color marketing package. If I saw the marketing was to the point and less slick, I may return. I do read the charity giving numbers also and make my decisions based on most monies spent for programs, less to execs and less to funding.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

the "gadgets and gizmos" church camp heard all about it. i go there. today was my last day. we used m&m tubes for this. they provided lots of meals. we donated money.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This Charity is terrific on funds. If you go to their website:

https://www.fmsc.org/about-us/financial-accountability

You can see that 90% of donations are turned into food. 5% is overhead and 5% is 'fund raising'. So any indication that questions their financials, as a professional Equity Research Analyst, I would say just is not substantiated by their annual report. They spent $2.5m last year on administrative and $2.5m on 'fund raising' and $45 of the $50m they raised on food for starving kids.

The other comment about it being a faith based organization is completely true.

https://www.fmsc.org/about-us/our-mission

Their Mission Statement says they are a Christian Non-Profit organization in the first sentence.

6 Amanda64

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family, small group and other friends have volunteered with Feed My Starving Children many times over the past four years. It has always been a wonderful experience. We always have fun while we are there and feel great about what we have done when we leave! A perfect serving opportunity!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FMSC is an excellent way to get young people involved with volunteer work. Often its difficult to find a way to help a worthy cause - like feeding starving people in an organized, low committment manner. FMSC allows you to donate 2 hours of your time when you can work this into your schedule and when they have an available slot, and the work is fun, easy and the instruction is clear and inspiring. This opportunity is great for scout groups or families who want to contribute to a good cause without necessarilty spending any money. You can volunteer with friends and consider it a play date that reaches across borders and grips the hands of others who are in desperate need. My daughter and I volunteer frequently.

6 Jeff234

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Feed My Starving Children is without question the most efficient charity with which I have ever worked. From the moment that you walk in the door as a volunteer you are whisked up into an efficient, well-oiled machine, leaving an hour or two later with confidence that your time and donation dollars have been very well spent.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I volunteer at the Schaumburg, IL facility for FMSC every other Saturday (unless we forget to sign up 8 months or so ahead of time!). It's great to have an organization that involves children in helping other children... My kids have learned that not everyone is as fortunate as we are here in the U.S., and that is a gift! Their mission is clear, their operations are run like a tight ship, and they are helping so many children around the world get the nutrition they need! God bless Mark Crea and all the other employees at FMSC who make feeding starving children their life's work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

News reports indicate that this charity spends at least part of their time and money on spreading their Christian religious beliefs. If this offends you, find other groups such as SHARE or Doctors Without Borders for your donations.

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Volunteer

Rating: 2

Something didn't feel right abou this organization when I volunteered. They had enough people to work there so there was limited one hour volunteer meetings on certain nights that were aimed towards fundraising and there's all of these promotional items for sale as well. I didn't like their numbers regarding the numbers disclosed to the public. Anyone who has experiencce reading corporate numbers would probably agree. Their focus appears to me to be raising money instead of getting other assistance.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Feed My Starving Children is an AMAZING opportunity to hang out for a couple hours and help others in our world! FMSC tells the story of global hunger in a simple way that even young kids can understand and relate to - but in a way that makes a powerful impression.

In just two hours, in our group of 65 people, we packed enough meals to EACH PERSONALLY feed one child for one year. Now that made you feel like you made an impact in someone's life....and it was fun and just a short little bleep of time to give.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Feed My Starving Children is an amazing group of people getting it right for God's kingdom. It is a great place to take your family to learn about the real world issue of hunger and a great place to help do something about it. My family and I support FMSC because we have had an opportunity to see the entire process from start to finish. We have packed food with friends and family on several occasions here in Minnesota and we have seen the food provided to hungry children and families when we travel to Haiti. FMSC does a great job of making sure that the money provided is used to buy food. They spend very little on overhead.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Many people don't become involve in charities because they don't feel they can make an individual difference in some of the world's greatest problems. FMSC creates the environment, provides the information and most importantly demonstrates results that even giving a little can make a life or death difference to a child in the world. My packing experience was one of the most rewarding and meaningful experiences I have had, and it was fun. FMSC relies totally on volunteers to pack the food for children around the globe and as a result controls overhead and administrative costs effectively. They have had a huge impact on children that otherwise would have perished and not had the chance to live and thrive and change this world for the better. I have been fortunate to have been given the opportunity to volunteer to speak to schools, churches and organizations on behalf of Feed My Starving Children and I am proud of my association with the organization. Not only does it change children's lives across the globe, it enriches the lives of those who donate their time, resources and money to the organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an awesome experience to spent a couple of hours having fun with friends and then find out that you just packed enough food to feed a whole orphanage for a year! And then be brought to tears watching a video about the children who will be receiving that food. I can't say enough about this organization. I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

FMSC is a great place to volunteer and make good use of your time. You can tell they really care about helping kids around the world who have very little to no food. This place is making a difference in so many lives across the globe with its cost-effective approach to providing sound nutrition for children in third world countries.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is a great opportunity to volunteer with a group or as an individual. As you see the results of your efforts pile up and get packaged for shipping, you know that hungry children all over the world will be eating nutritious meals because of the work you did. As a donor, too, I am glad to know that so much of my gift directly benefits the children, as their operating costs are quite conservative. Even a small donation can make a big difference in the lives of the hungry children who are fed through this organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Two of my daughters used to receive food from FMSC...Not only did they get the nutrition they needed, but they also really liked the taste! We have volunteered and it was a lot of fun (not to mention the great impact). Right after the earthquake in Haiti the "camp" where I was staying with the orphanage of 120 kids was also handing out FMSC through Convoy of Hope and there was order and a lot of hungry people who were very happy to have the nutrition they needed! Now that my girls are home in the U.S. we are looking forward to volunteering so they can help prepare the meals that they used to receive! God is good!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I became a regular donor after hearing my father rave about the organization and all that they do to feed the hungry around the world. While I'm not physically located near any of their packaging sites in the US, I hear it is one of the most rewarding, short-term volunteer experiences one can have. That they are able to commit 94% of all donations to direct support of the food program is amazing! Their online platform for giving is seamless, and their balance of sharing information and asking for more is among the best I've experienced (don't feel overwhelmed by more and more asks for money).

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization. You cannot do much more good then to feed people who are dying of starvation. The meals are packaged in centers in the US, and sent all over the world. The meals are engineered to provide essential nutritional needs. Look at the stories on their site.. You can go down solo, or bring a group. A little time can make a big difference. The centers are very well managed, and informative. The staff is very knoweledgeable and accommodating. They even tally up the numbers from your group so you can see how many children you have fed with the meals you packaged. A very rewarding experience.