Fighting Hunger. Protecting Children. Empowering Families.

aka HRI   |   Oklahoma City, OK   |
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EIN: 36-4664596


Hunger Relief International (HRI), a Judeo-Christian nonprofit, works to improve and protect the lives of desperately poor children and families by building resiliency, fighting hunger, promoting family unity, and increasing self-sufficiency. HRI does this through direct programming and by raising public awareness.

Notes from the nonprofit

When you give to HRI, you build resiliency, fight hunger, promote family unity, and increase the self-sufficiency of families and young adults. Your gift is the answer to their prayers—the only hope they have for a better future. In countries wracked by violence, chronic malnutrition, preventable diseases and lack of opportunity, you provide health, hope, and hundreds of trainings every year that improve lives. Your gifts provide hand-ups, not hand-outs. With every gift you give, you change the trajectory of a person, a family, a school, an orphanage and eventually, the nation. Thank you for investing in the lives of some of the neediest people in the world. With immense gratitude, HRI

Ruling year info


President & CEO

Rachel Zelon

Main address

P.O. Box 300093

Oklahoma City, OK 73140 USA

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Subject area info


Community and economic development

Human services

Population served info

Children and youth

Women and girls


Economically disadvantaged people

At-risk youth

NTEE code info

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

STRATEGIC GOALS: 1. To continually strengthen our commitment and efforts to end extreme poverty, a major contributor to so much suffering in the world today, particularly the pain of hunger and malnutrition. 2. To raise up generations of girls and women who understand their basic human rights including equity in all forms, their importance in civil society, and the economic power that lies within their reach. 3. To deepen our commitment to the highest standards of professional competency and service as well as strong, equitable organizational leadership and governance.

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?

Nutritional Support for Children in Orphanages

HRI is committed to providing lifesaving nutritional support to orphans and vulnerable children in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. HRI, in partnership with C3 Global and U.S. churches, is currently providing nutritional support to a dozen orphanages and multiple villages each month. The food basket consists of fish, eggs, rice, beans, pasta, oil and corn meal, is all produced and purchased locally. Our staff in Haiti works closely with farmers and farmers associations in the agricultural center of the country in an effort to create stable markets. This strategy of procuring all of the food staples in country is designed to have a positive impact on the fragile Haitian economy and specifically on the lives of the farmers and their families. HRI has many other programs including medical care, psychosocial support, youth programs, elderly programs, micro-enterprise programs and more.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

In keeping our core objective at the heart of programs, HRI’s school feeding program is based on the premise that if we can feed children at school, their parents will be motivated to send them to school every day and the children will have the capacity to focus on learning, not being hungry. Simply put, hungry children cannot learn! Food is procured locally so that there is strong local and community involvement. The school feeding programs address chronic malnutrition amongst school-aged children and also serve as an entry point for HRI within the communities, working to gain community trust and involvement, and fostering relationships which are vital to the long term goals of HRI’s initiatives. The school feeding program is being implemented in 3 villages in Guatemala in 2023; however, it has been modified to a breakfast program as of 2021 so we can serve young children at home in addition to school aged children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Open wood fire cooking continues to be the norm for most rural households in Guatemala. This is especially true in impoverished villages and communities where few can afford modern stoves and alternative fuel such as propane. Because these basic stoves lack one important detail – chimneys – chronic respiratory illness is a leading cause of death in children under the age of 5 in Guatemala. In an effort to alleviate chronic respiratory illness in women and children, decrease the financial burden on the household as well as to curb deforestation, pollution and subsequent watershed destruction, HRI implements an energy efficient stove project. These safe cookstoves are designed to be used like traditional stoves but use 1/3 less firewood, maintain heat more efficiently, are raised off the ground to prevent accidents and injury, and include a chimney to carry smoke out of the home.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Our extensive experience working with children at high risk of mistreatment, abandonment, and exploitation (as well as with their families and communities) led HRI to make Child Protection a priority in our work. Our Child Protection programs are primarily centered around women’s empowerment initiatives which train, equip and inspire women to be the change they want to see in their lives. We believe empowerment is essential to breaking the cycle of extreme poverty. We are engaging women in topical workshops and conversations that encourage and build self-esteem, confidence and understanding of personal rights. Our goal is to create supportive learning environments that help women realize a healthier more economically secure future themselves and their families.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

During the implementation of HRI’s school feeding program in Guatemalan schools, it became very clear that children ages 0-5 years who were not yet old enough to attend school, were experiencing serious malnutrition during vital growth years. Chronic malnutrition so early in a child’s life can lead to stunted growth and chronic illness and also impedes a child’s cognitive development. The need to address this life threatening situation lead to a new initiative – Infant and Toddler Supplemental Feeding, which targets children 6 months to 2 years old. By providing supplemental feeding to these young children we can facilitate their achievement of normal physical and cognitive development for their age. It also enables us to work closely with the mothers on critical educational activities relating to childhood nutrition, health and development. This program is complimented by our Organic Home Gardening Initiative, which helps mothers develop a sustainable source of nutrition for the whole family moving forward. HRI's Infant and Toddler Supplemental Feeding program started in 2012.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

Children First is a whole-family, multi-pronged approach to protecting Haiti’s most vulnerable children. Through targeted parent-child interventions, this program works to keep families together, protect children from harm, and build strong parent-child relationships through a host of support services. In addition, the program ensures that children become enrolled in school, eat a nutritious meal each day, engage in afterschool activities and receive academic assistance. By providing families with the supports they need to sustainably overcome poverty-related stress factors, children have a better chance to reach their full potential and thrive. Each parent participant who completes the program receives a small loan to help launch their business. 100% of all participants of paid their loans back and then HRI reinvests those funds to pay for the families' children's school fees.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Today’s youth will be the next generation of leaders in their communities and nations. Youth growing up in highly impoverished and dangerous communities face a myriad of challenges including lack of prospective employment, lack of access to continued education and few productive activities. HRI youth programs combat this tragic reality and demonstrate there are attainable alternatives for youth. This program works in impoverished and dangerous communities with teens that are at risk for gang membership and violence, undocumented migration, child and sex trafficking, teen pregnancy and perpetual poverty. It engages teens on a variety of life skills and leadership topics with the goal of demonstrating that they have other attainable options and opportunities. Teens join HRI in multiple safe spaces in a few communities for weekly activities.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

A program dedicated to stopping the cycle of poverty, exploitation, fear and anxiety confronting young adults aging out of orphanage care. This program works to better equip teens with a combination of training and real-life experience to develop marketable skills that can be applied in their communities and allow eventual financial independence. Teen orphans are learning how to earn income by starting, managing, and operating their own small business.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work


Vetted Organization 2023

Global Giving

Vetted Organization 2023


Affiliations & memberships

Great Nonprofits Top Rated - Contact HRI for info on why we quit seeking their accreditation 2020

Forbes Nonprofit Council 2019

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 children provided daily nutritional support and monthly medical support

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

Nutritional Support for Children in Orphanages

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

Provision of high quality nutritious food has increased, as has monitoring of participating schools & institutions. Total children served has decreased due to extreme inflation & gang violence.

Number of children in at-risk families and institutions receiving child protection interventions and monitoring to prevent the abandonment, trafficking and/or abuse of children.

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

Children First

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

HRI works with high-risk families & orphanages to ensure the protection of rights & well-being of vulnerable children. Since 2021, the number of children we support decreased due to gang violence.

Number of training workshops

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Caregivers, Parents

Related Program

Youth Leadership Development

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Context Notes

HRI continues to expand a combination of trainings that educate diverse groups on nutrition, WASH, empowerment, job skills, life skills; etc. Civil unrest & Covid cancelled several 2019-20 trainings.

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.


1. To continually strengthen our commitment and efforts to end extreme poverty, a major contributor to so much suffering in the world today, particularly the pain of hunger and malnutrition.

2. To raise up generations of girls and women who understand their basic human rights including equity in all forms, their importance in civil society, and the economic power that lies within their reach.

3. To deepen our commitment to the highest standards of professional competency and service as well as strong, equitable organizational leadership and governance.


HRI seeks to promote a world where children, their families and communities have access to the basic necessities of life including nutritious food, clean water, sanitation, education and health care. HRI is working to accomplish this vision by partnering with local communities to alleviate the impact of hunger on the lives of malnourished children and their families as a first step in a long-term strategy to achieve family and community self-sufficiency.

1) Protect Children and their rights.
2) Decrease child malnutrition.
3) Increase access to and consumption of higher nutrient foods.
4) Stimulate local economies and create new markets for local products.
5) Decrease preventable illness and injury: respiratory, intestinal, mosquito-borne, burns.
7) Improve leadership and opportunity for youth and young adults.
8) Improve gender equity and women's empowerment.
9) Decrease environmental degradation.
10) Improve the quality of people's lives by providing training and other opportunities for a better, self-sufficient future.

HRI works to facilitate long term, sustainable and transformational community growth and development by initially addressing immediate issues of hunger and unreliable access to food, also known as food insecurity. Once HRI begins implementing nutrition programs in a community, our team crafts a long-term, strategic plan for development projects in partnership with the local community leadership. Addressing the challenge of hunger and unreliable access to nutritional food, especially for children, provides significant motivation for parents and community leaders to embrace the long-term responsibilities of improving the standard of living and self-sufficiency of the community.

By connecting with local and international churches, universities, businesses, farmers, governments, and community partners, we address critical challenges facing vulnerable communities and their environment.

Some of the strategies we implement for our core goals are as follows:
School Feeding, Pre-K Supplemental Feeding, Child Protection and Rights, Safe and Energy Efficient Stoves, Improved Access to Water, School Classroom, Kitchen, and Latrine Construction, WASH trainings, Micro-Enterprise for Orphans, Youth Leadership Development, Caregiving and Life Skills Development, Women's Educational and Support Initiatives, and Health Check-ups, Basic Treatments and Health Referrals. We also do trainings with families to help prevent the abandonment of children, keep families together, improve skills so families can earn a living, and help families start small income generation projects / businesses.

HRI has tremendous capabilities in reaching its goals. Our core leadership have over 100 combined years experience in international nonprofit program management. We have gradually built, expanded and strategized our programs overtime by working with communities in a holistic manner and making informed decisions based on staff expertise as well as our direct relationships with communities. Our field staff work closely with each community prioritizing needs and strategizing creative solutions to challenges both great and small. Invested communities are essential to eventual self-sustainability and we are proud that the communities we work are initiating their own ideas, solutions, responsibility and inclusiveness towards positive change. HRI's strongest capabilities are rooted in our ability and desire to partner with others in various capacities in the pursuit of eradicating hunger and improving the long term health and well-being of children and whole communities.

Our ultimate goal is to get communities to a self-sufficient place where they no longer need regular assistance from HRI. This means that they are able to meet their own nutritional, health, and educational needs. In order to accomplish this, HRI needs to be aiding communities to find more income generating activities that work and helping children envision a path forward for themselves and their communities. Beyond the immediate provisions of food, this requires solving infrastructure issues, like access to water and land, as well as introducing new ideas for local production and markets. It also involves fostering equal opportunity and support for all, particularly women. This process of change requires time and patience in order to be effective. We are slowly adding such activities as communities show commitment and interest. We are highly cognizant that positive change is not only a physical process, also social and psychological. We continue to work with communities through this process so they may realize their potential to become healthy and adaptable, self-sufficient communities. We are confident that with adequate strategy, support, and time this will be achieved.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 15.96 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 31% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of HUNGER RELIEF INTERNATIONAL’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $26,505 $5,599 -$7,629 $18,566 -$26,201
As % of expenses 3.4% 1.0% -1.5% 3.7% -4.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $16,196 -$4,711 -$12,272 $13,536 -$30,070
As % of expenses 2.0% -0.8% -2.4% 2.7% -5.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $795,472 $582,365 $489,170 $503,149 $572,701
Total revenue, % change over prior year -13.7% -26.8% -16.0% 2.9% 13.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.2% 0.2% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 5.3% 0.4% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 99.8% 94.4% 99.6% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $784,378 $572,331 $504,709 $495,532 $598,793
Total expenses, % change over prior year -16.9% -27.0% -11.8% -1.8% 20.8%
Personnel 8.4% 15.2% 12.2% 7.6% 5.3%
Professional fees 5.6% 16.8% 28.3% 30.3% 30.3%
Occupancy 1.6% 3.2% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 84.4% 64.7% 59.6% 62.1% 64.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $794,687 $582,641 $509,352 $500,562 $602,662
One month of savings $65,365 $47,694 $42,059 $41,294 $49,899
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $860,052 $630,335 $551,411 $541,856 $652,561

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.2 2.0 1.7 2.1 1.4
Months of cash and investments 1.2 2.0 1.7 2.1 1.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.9 1.4 1.4 1.8 1.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $76,438 $95,493 $72,604 $85,620 $70,426
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $1,501 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $52,441 $52,441 $52,441 $52,441 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 52.3% 72.0% 80.8% 90.4% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 18.5% 13.7% 13.2% 8.9% 1.8%
Unrestricted net assets $83,879 $79,168 $66,896 $80,432 $91,974
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $15,935 $8,025 $6,000 $6,000
Total net assets $83,879 $95,103 $74,921 $86,432 $97,974

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

President & CEO

Rachel Zelon

Rachel Zelon has been working in the field of humanitarian assistance and development for over three decades. Her energies have been focused on child protection, promoting the rights of children, and working towards a world where children’s rights include having access to all basic needs. Her leadership resulted in the promotion of expanded access to critical nutrition, clean water, decent sanitation, health care, and education for vulnerable children living in extreme poverty, and she leads the fight against child trafficking into institutionalized care in Haiti. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University in CT and started her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in the jungles of Ecuador. She went on to receive a Masters Degree in Social Work at the Hunter College School of Social Work in New York City. She was at HIAS for 15 years in the field of refugee assistance, protection and resettlement as VP. She later went on to serve as VP of International Programs for another organization.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 11/21/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Brian Worley


Term: 2023 - 2028

Rachel Zelon

Hunger Relief International

Brian Worley

Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Disorders physician in private practice

William "Bill" Sage

Independent Consultant

George Eber

Presbyter of St. Antony Orthodox Christian Church (Antiochian Archdiocese)

Dan Hensiek

Vice President of Operations for KPI Architects, Inc.

Julie Barnett

Director of Enterprise and Vended Applications at OU Health

Allan J Wind

Retired Senior Foreign Service Officer from USAID

Renee Vendetti

Grants Management Specialist and Consultant

Sergio A Porres

Retired Lieutenant Colonel of the U.S. Air Force with service in Latin America, Africa and Europe with extensive history working for the US Department of State and four US Embassies

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/21/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data


Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/21/2023

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.