Feed My Starving Children

Turn hunger into hope with your own two hands.

aka FMSC   |   Coon Rapids, MN   |  http://www.fmsc.org

Mission

A Christian organization with headquarters in Minnesota along with sites and events around the country, FMSCs mission is to eliminate child malnutrition worldwide while providing meaningful service opportunities for volunteers in the United States.

Ruling year info

1989

Principal Officer

Mr. Mark Crea

Main address

401 93rd Ave NW

Coon Rapids, MN 55433 USA

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EIN

41-1601449

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

International Relief (Q33)

Other Philanthropy, Voluntarism, and Grantmaking Foundations N.E.C. (T99)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Every year, millions of children die from preventable causes such as pneumonia, diarrhea, malaria and undernutrition. Today, hunger still causes nearly half of deaths in children under 5 years old.* From this data, FMSC estimates at least 6,200 children die each day from undernutrition.

Sources: UNICEF Levels and Trends in Child Mortality Report 2017

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Feeding Program

Feed My Starving Children donates meals to an exceptional network of missions and humanitarian organizations that ensure the meals get to those who need them most. Our partners distribute FMSC food in schools, orphanages, clinics and feeding programs every day in nearly 70 countries around the world to break the cycle of poverty and deliver hope.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2021

Awards

Charities Review Council Meets Standards 2015

Charities Review Council

16th Consecutive 4-Star Rating 2021

CharityNavigator

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Feeding Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In Fiscal Year 2021, Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) welcomed more than 477,000 volunteers to hand-pack meals at our seven packing sites and MobilePack events nationwide.

Number of organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Feeding Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2021, FMSC shipped meals to 67 partners in 54 countries. These partners shared meals with many other smaller organizations so the meals could reach farther to feed more children.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Feeding Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FMSC shipped more than 388 million meals to children around the world last year.

Number of children fed daily

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Feeding Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

FMSC meals fed more than 1 million children daily in Fiscal Year 2021.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) produces meals for undernourished children around the world by engaging local volunteers in North America. In 2021 FMSC distributed meals to 67 humanitarian relief and development organizations serving undernourished children. FMSC's goal is to eliminate undernutrition among the children served and leverage meals to support long-term efforts in sustainable development, ensuring that future generations do not go hungry.

In order to educate as many people as possible on global hunger and to empower them to make a tangible impact on a major global issue, FMSC engages local volunteers in its meal packing programs. These volunteers gather at permanent facilities and MobilePack events around North America, where they package meals scientifically designed to meet the nutritional needs of children who have experienced chronic hunger. FMSC distributes meals to a rigorously-selected network of humanitarian organizations that are committed to alleviating global poverty. These partner organizations use FMSC meals to feed the children they serve in school feeding programs, orphanages, medical clinics, training/vocational programs and centers for worship.

FMSC has been recognized as one of the most trusted and fastest growing charities in the United States, earning Charity Navigator's four star rating for 16 straight years. During the 2021-2022 fiscal year, FMSC engaged more than 477,000 volunteers in providing more than 388 million meals. In FMSC's history, more than 99 percent of the meals distributed arrived successfully at their intended destinations in some of the most unpredictable regions of the world. These numbers indicate FMSC is capable of producing and distributing the meals needed to achieve its goals and, over time, accomplish its mission.

FMSC requires distribution partners to report on progress made in a way that is appropriate to their context and programming. For example, one partner study indicated that 93% of the previously malnourished children served in an outreach program supported by FMSC meals reached a healthy body weight within four months and maintained a healthy body weight for two years after completing the program. Other partner reports indicate that FMSC meals supported the educational progress of the children served by a school feeding program.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Feed My Starving Children partners with organizations around the world to reach God's neediest children. We donate meals to an exceptional network of missions and humanitarian organizations who work hard to get life-saving nutrition into the hands and tummies of those who need it most. Every day they distribute FMSC food in schools, orphanages, medical clinics and feeding programs in 70 countries around the world to break the cycle of poverty. With eight permanent packing sites located in Minnesota, Illinois, Texas and Arizona, plus nation-wide MobilePack events hosted nationally, FMSC feeds sprits across the country.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    FMSC's partners have been asking for a new food product that incorporates local procurement for quite some time. They have wanted this new product because it would allow them to use grains that are more culturally appropriate to their countries, while also spurring local agriculture and investment into the local economies. It would also ease the costs and headaches they experience shipping food. Starting in 2020, FMSC listened to their feedback and started a pilot program for a new food product (MannaPack Mix) that pairs locally procured grain with the other nutritious meal components that are packed in the US. A Social Cost Benefit Analysis of this pilot is just finishing, but preliminary feedback indicates a great deal of excitement from partners, as well as cost savings savings.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    FMSC started collecting an anonymous Partner Feedback Survey two years ago, allowing partners to submit feedback, critique FMSC's operations, and offer improvement suggestions. We found that partners are more honest with us in this survey, providing critiques that they often weren't willing to tell us in-person. These critiques have been helpful to FMSC, however, and have shown us areas we need to improve, while emphasizing the importance of open and frequent communications with our partners. We also send a follow-up email to our partner network, sharing the collective survey results and listing the improvements we plan to make based on the feedback partners gave us. We have found that this transparency and "openness to change" has shifted power relations among us and our partners.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We survey our partners who provide the meals, not the recipients directly,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Feed My Starving Children

Board of directors
as of 03/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Gary Tygesson

Retired

Term: 2021 -

Kieran Kelliher

Chicago Bulls

Rick Riesgraf

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes