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MINISTRY SPOTLIGHT: Food for the Hungry


Food for the Hungry (FH), began in 1971 to help the poorest people in other countries and educate people in the United States about those needs.  FH’s programs revolve around four main areas:

(1) Child Sponsorship Monthly sponsorship which are family and community based gifts which translate into food, clothing, medical care, educational supplies, and spiritual nourishment for that child’s family and community.

(2) Relief and Development Emergency relief and rehabilitation, which translate into clean-water and sanitation projects, health education and intervention, agriculture development, income generation, and life-skills training.

(3) Tangible non-monetary donations, called “gifts-in-kind”, including, food, seeds, clothing, medical supplies, and pharmaceuticals.

(4) Education by informing those with abundance about those in need.  And advocating about issues and public policies surrounding poverty.

The aim of Food for the Hungry is to respond to God’s call to end all forms of human suffering and extreme poverty worldwide. 

MinistryWatch Financial Efficiency Rating:  3 Star (out of a possible 5 Stars)

MinistryWatch Transparency Grade:  A

ECFA Member?  Yes

Revenue in the Most Recent Year Available (2021):  $155,081,533

Five-Year Revenue Trend:  Increasing   (by about 20 percent change)

Percent of Revenue Food for the Hungry Spends on Fundraising: 11 percent 

Percent Peer Group Spends on Fundraising:  6 percent

CEO/Chancellor:  Mark Viso

President’s Salary: (Less than one year data for newest CEO’s compensation estimated in the $300,000 range).

Complete MinistryWatch profile for the Food for the Hungry can be found here.

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Rod Pitzer

Rodney Pitzer, Certified Fraud Examiner since 2005, has worked for audit and investigative organizations, including Oregon Department of Justice's Charitable Activities, and being Director of the Oregon Board of Tax Professionals in 1999. In 2011 founded AVOWED.org, ministering to widows, elderly and the disabled, and now scheduled to plant a church in Corpus Christi, Texas.