Each dollar donated provides $7 of food, hope, dignity and comfort to children and families who desperately need help in the U.S. and around the world.
Feed the Children
Feed the Children has been one of the leading U.S. charities focused on childhood hunger since 1979. In the United States and around the world, we are committed to helping children and families by providing food and resources to help with their immediate needs while also working to improve nutrition and health and expand livelihood opportunities in the international communities we serve.
To fulfill our mission, we distribute food and essential household items, we provide classroom and school supplies to teachers and students, we deliver relief to families affected by natural disasters and, internationally, we teach nutrition, hygiene and other healthy behaviors that help children grow and their communities flourish.
In fiscal year 2021, as the combined health and economic crises of COVID-19 continued to cause sustained hardship for families and communities on a massive scale, the need for food assistance has remained urgent and extreme. In the United States, in collaboration with a network of community partners across the country, we remain focused on expanding access to food for children by providing their families with food as well as other resources that can help them reduce their expenses and maintain stable households. Our five distribution centers across the U.S. act as hubs that allow us to deliver critical supplies to partners so they can better serve children and families in the areas where they live.
In the United States in 2021, we distributed more than 91.5 million pounds of food and essential items to children and families who needed help through our network of community partners. Our efforts reached more than eight million people in the communities where they live—including 29,538 teachers in at-risk school districts who received classroom and school supplies that benefited more than 803,500 students.
As an organization that pursues hope, partnerships and impact, children are at the center of our work. Our international relief and development includes short- and long-term child-focused community development programming that helps save lives, alleviates suffering and aims to restore human dignity to improve sustainably the quality of life in the communities we serve.
Internationally, we continue adjusting to the changed environment of the global health crisis through our program work that addresses the root causes of poverty while reducing malnutrition and improving the food and nutritional security of mothers and children. In fiscal year 2021, our international programming benefited more than two million people across 170 communities in the eight countries where we work. As school schedules were disrupted by the pandemic, our international teams adapted to the necessary safety protocols by, among other means, distributing food to alternate locations. Despite these adjustments and more than 35 million meals were served at meal centers supported by Feed the Children.