Feed The Children, Inc.

aka Feed the Children   |   Oklahoma City, OK   |  feedthechildren.org

Mission

Providing hope and resources for those without life's essentials

Ruling year info

1967

President and CEO

Travis Arnold

Main address

333 N. Meridian Ave.

Oklahoma City, OK 73107 USA

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EIN

73-6108657

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Disaster Preparedness and Relief Services (M20)

International Relief (Q33)

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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?

Summer Feeding Program

Summer feeding program where we work with community partners to ensure children have access to the food and essentials they need while schools are closed for the summer.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Families

Disasters can occur at any moment and communities are often left feeling helpless in the wake of destruction. Feed the Children stands ready to help whenever disaster strikes. Through our vast network of community partners, we provided immediate aid to those affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018. But our disaster response experience doesn’t stop there. Throughout our history, we have responded to hundreds of disasters and distributed millions of dollars in food and essentials to those in impacted areas.

Population(s) Served
Families
Adults

Providing food, essentials and educational support for children in need around the world.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

Where we work

Accreditations

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance 2018

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 organizational partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

With help from public & private supporters, together, we were able to provide food & essentials to those who live in poverty. These FY results reflect U.S. & international partner agencies we support.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through our partnerships and programs, our collective outreach benefits children and families globally. These results are for the fiscal year (FY).

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These results are based on the fiscal year (FY). The data from 2015, 2016 and 2020 is only for U.S. volunteers. The data for 2017, 2018, 2019 includes both U.S. & international volunteers.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The results we show are for the number of school districts we've benefited in a FY with teaching supplies & books.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

We fight food insecurity by making nutritious foods more accessible to families with limited resources & helping families learn why and how to eat healthier foods. We also meet immediate needs by partnering with other non-profit organizations to provide food & essentials in low-income communities throughout the U.S. Internationally, we work to transform lives by improving the food & nutrition security of mothers & children, and more specifically, to reduce malnutrition. Through our work, we hope that: 1) All children will be properly nourished & developed by age 5 and continue to understand the importance of nutrition throughout their life; 2) All children will have access to safe & clean water, proper sanitation, & adequate hygiene resources that promote healthy immune systems & enable them to develop through adolescence & into adulthood; 3) All children will be able to enroll, feel safe, & complete a high-quality education that promotes lifelong learning; & 4) Families will be self-reliant, financially stable, & able to support & strengthen their communities. We are expanding our capacity building activities internationally to ensure that families & entire communities are empowered to provide for the well-being of their children. One way this is done is through Care Groups, an approach to peer-to-peer training of mothers in nutrition and health. Studies show that the Care Group strategy consistently outperforms other methods in reducing child deaths and malnutrition across an entire community at very low cost. We plan to continue to expand this model in our program areas and to partner with other organizations to scale it up. Another means of supporting community resilience is through village savings and loan groups, self-managed groups of women who save money together and take small loans from those savings to support income-generating activities. This provides a source of income for families and promotes sustainability at the household level.

We believe that we need to collaborate with others working to defeat hunger, especially to promote strategies that we know will help children survive and thrive. Feed the Children program staff members - both in our country programs and in our headquarters teams - have supported dozens of organizations in using effective strategies around the world, along with on-going training of our own Feed the Children staff. We are always looking for improved strategies to help children survive and thrive. We hold the following values for our programmatic work:• Whole Community,• Needs-based,• Evidence-based,• Child-focused,• Measurable impact,• Partnerships, and• Long-term sustainable impact. Feed the Children's development teams seek relationships with foundations, corporations, and individuals that share a passion for serving children, their families, and their communities around the world. Feed the Children has worked side-by-side to create long-standing, mutually beneficial partnerships for many years. One of Feed the Children's core values, championing partnerships, means that developing relationships with local communities and governments, as well as private and public donors, is crucial to this work. Feed the Children strategically engages relevant government departments, key stakeholders, and opinion leaders of the community to discuss the true need of the community and a plan for action. The activities introduced are therefore appropriate, involve community members as stakeholders, and can be maintained by the community. Internationally, Feed the Children's program activities combine meeting immediate nutritional, health, and educational needs of children with promoting positive, long-term behavioral change to children and their caregivers, particularly mothers. As part of our strategy, Feed the Children is increasingly conducting formative research (e.g., barrier analysis and positive deviant studies) in order to better understand the barriers and enablers of effective change in the communities in which we work. We also seek to identify the uncommon – but successful – behaviors and strategies that enable some poor families to find better solutions to a problem than their peers.

For fiscal year 2020, Feed the Children's resources included cash contributions and grants, gifts-in-kind, and other revenues totaling $470 million. Taking into account all of our U.S. and international offices, we employ 552 staff globally. More than 500 corporate partners provide food and other essential products. We take a holistic development approach to address the fundamental challenges that children and families around the world face in their effort towards becoming food secure. Feed the Children's four thematic areas of focus prioritize vulnerable and at-risk children and enable us to cultivate the social, economic, cultural, and environmental conditions needed for families to thrive. Feed the Children has a proven track record of developing relationships and mobilizing key stakeholders, opinion leaders, governments, peer organizations, and corporate partners to develop appropriate plans of action and ensure efficient and equitable distribution of food and resources that mitigate common challenges for families facing poverty. Our dedicated logistics and inventory management team connects partners with our programs by overseeing all domestic and international shipments even through the most challenging of routes. In the United States, we operate five regional distribution centers which collect and ship food and essentials to partners. FTC Transportation, our trucking division, uses their fleet of 30 semi-trucks to ship food and necessities. In FY 2020, we delivered 79.2 million pounds of food, essential items, and educational supplies domestically to our network of local food pantries, agencies and houses of worship across the U.S. who then distributed these items to people in need. We operate five “Teacher Store" locations around the country where teachers in Title I schools can come and receive free supplies for their classrooms. We also work closely with key partners to run our Summer Feeding Program in Oklahoma and New York. Internationally, we use a child-focused community development (CFCD) approach emphasizing four key program pillars to transform lives by improving the food and nutrition security of mothers and children. Funding comes primarily from U.S.-based individuals, churches, and corporate donors and grants. Internationally, Feed the Children employs more than 300 experienced professionals who have a diverse set of skills and expertise that ensure the effective implementation of our international development programs around the world.

ACROSS THE U.S. In fiscal year 2020, through our network of more than 800 active community partners, Feed the Children distributed 79.2 million pounds of food and essentials. Through this network, our collective outreach benefited 5.6 million people in the U.S. In fiscal year 2020, Feed the Children operated five Teacher Store locations — in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Elkhart, Indiana; La Vergne, Tennessee; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; and Ontario, California. Each offered free school supplies to educators in Title I schools (schools with high numbers/percentages of children from low income families). We gave away more than $3.7 million in teaching materials as well as books valued at $7 million, benefiting students in 355 school districts. ACROSS THE WORLD Internationally, we have made progress in the following areas: Through Tiwalere I and Tiwalere II, two 5-year projects in Malawi awarded by USAID through the generous support of the American people, we have improved early childhood development and nutrition programs by strengthening community-based child care centers and have reached pregnant women and mothers of children under the age of 2 years with key nutrition and health messages using the Care Group model. Under the second 5-year award for Tiwalere II, we are continuing our existing programs and will expand by adding additional communities and providing health training to adolescent girls. We have established village savings and loan (VSL) groups in the Philippines, Malawi, Kenya, and Tanzania. These groups promote individual access to local capital and enable members to begin income-generating activities of their own. These groups are being developed in Honduras and El Salvador, with the goal of spreading this methodology to all our country programs. In all 8 countries where we work internationally, we have provided nutritious meals every day to school-aged children, and have also provided school supplies and deworming medicines. We have trained staff members in Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and the Philippines in the Care Group model. However, we are still working on implementing Care Groups in Tanzania and Uganda. We have plans to train staff members in our Central America program countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras) in the Care Group model in the future.

Financials

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Feed The Children, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 7/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mike Hogan

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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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/23/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Decline to state
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
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Race & ethnicity

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