About Children's Hunger Fund

Our mission is to deliver hope to suffering children by equipping local churches for gospel-centered mercy ministry.

Children’s Hunger Fund was established in 1991 by president and founder Dave Phillips. Since then, CHF has delivered food and, ultimately, hope to children and families in need in the US and around the world for over 25 years.


The Problem

1.29

Billion People

1.29 billion people in the world—more than the entire population of Africa–live on less than $1.25 (USD) a day. Most lack access to one or more basic human needs: sufficient food, safe drinking water, or adequate shelter.

But combatting poverty and food insecurity demands more than simple charity. While nutritious food provides temporary relief of physical hunger, the life-giving truth of the gospel provides eternal hope and relief from spiritual poverty.


Our Solution

Our Solution

We Feed

We Feed


Children’s Hunger Fund provides nourishing food for hungry kids across America and around the world. We distribute Food Paks and other aid through local churches so that they may deliver hope to suffering children and families in their communities.

Your support will feed poor families and change lives forever.

We Equip

We Equip


The local church was designed by God to be His primary channel of mercy to the poor around the world.

We provide comprehensive biblical training to equip churches for gospel-centered mercy ministry.

We do this through our mercy ministry initiative, Rethink Mercy.

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Our Distinctives

Click on our Distinctives below to learn more.

Prioritize the Gospel

We declare the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ as our first priority. It is the only source of true hope, the ultimate remedy for mankind’s suffering, and the power of God to those who are being saved. Therefore, we unite our God-given gifts and resources for gospel proclamation.

Elevate the Church

The Church was divinely established and its existence uniquely guaranteed by God as His representative of the gospel in word and deed. Therefore, we elevate and esteem churches dedicated to the gospel, by equipping and providing resources to help them proclaim this message to the world.

Impact the Next Generation

Children are made in God’s image and He commands us to nurture and instruct them in His Word. Therefore, we impact the next generation for Christ, so that one day they would be restored as “children of God” through the power of the gospel.

Pursue Relationships

The most effective way to serve the needs of others is through ongoing, personal relationships. Therefore, we prayerfully pursue relationships with those we serve and those who help us accomplish our mission, so that our actions might be used by God to transform lives.

Strive for Integrity

We recognize that we are ultimately accountable to God for the stewardship of the resources He has entrusted to us. Therefore we strive to fulfill our mission with integrity before God and conduct ourselves in such a way that enables others to trust our work with confidence.
  1. We declare the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ as our first priority. It is the only source of true hope, the ultimate remedy for mankind’s suffering, and the power of God to those who are being saved. Therefore, we unite our God-given gifts and resources for gospel proclamation.

    The Church was divinely established and its existence uniquely guaranteed by God as His representative of the gospel in word and deed. Therefore, we elevate and esteem churches dedicated to the gospel, by equipping and providing resources to help them proclaim this message to the world.

    Children are made in God’s image and He commands us to nurture and instruct them in His Word. Therefore, we impact the next generation for Christ, so that one day they would be restored as “children of God” through the power of the gospel.

    The most effective way to serve the needs of others is through ongoing, personal relationships. Therefore, we prayerfully pursue relationships with those we serve and those who help us accomplish our mission, so that our actions might be used by God to transform lives.

    We recognize that we are ultimately accountable to God for the stewardship of the resources He has entrusted to us. Therefore we strive to fulfill our mission with integrity before God and conduct ourselves in such a way that enables others to trust our work with confidence.


Beliefs


Mission Statement

Our mission is to deliver hope to suffering children by equipping local churches for gospel-centered mercy ministry.

Distinctives

  • Prioritize the Gospel
    We declare the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ as our first priority. It is the only source of true hope, the ultimate remedy for mankind’s suffering, and the power of God to those who are being saved. Therefore, we unite our God-given gifts and resources for gospel proclamation.
  • Elevate the Church
    The Church was divinely established and its existence uniquely guaranteed by God as His representative of the gospel in word and deed. Therefore, we elevate and esteem churches dedicated to the gospel, by equipping and providing resources to help them proclaim this message to the world.
  • Impact the Next Generation
    Children are made in God’s image and He commands us to nurture and instruct them in His Word. Therefore, we impact the next generation for Christ, so that one day they would be restored as “children of God” through the power of the gospel.
  • Pursue Relationships
    The most effective way to serve the needs of others is through ongoing, personal relationships. Therefore, we prayerfully pursue relationships with those we serve and those who help us accomplish our mission, so that our actions might be used by God to transform lives.
  • Strive for Integrity
    We recognize that we are ultimately accountable to God for the stewardship of the resources He has entrusted to us. Therefore we strive to fulfill our mission with integrity before God and conduct ourselves in such a way that enables others to trust our work with confidence.

Statement of Faith

We believe the Bible to be the inspired, and only infallible authoritative Word of God.

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.

We believe regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man.

We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation. We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.


Leadership


Dave Phillips

President and Founder

The devastating poverty Dave witnessed at a children’s hospital in Honduras changed him forever. With a united passion to impact the next generation and help local churches build relationships with poor children in their communities, Dave and his wife Lynn founded Children’s Hunger Fund, first distributing food and aid from their garage.

Dave’s family tree includes the founders of several well-known charities, so the non-profit world was a natural fit for him. In fact, Dave’s first job after graduating from Westmont College was at a relief organization, World Opportunities International.

Dave and Lynn live in Simi Valley, California with their four sons. Dave often travels overseas with his sons hoping to inspire them to service through their own personal poverty encounter.

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Christopher Sue

Christopher Sue

Chief Financial Officer

I’m amazed by the care local churches provide for hurting kids around the world, taking them in as their own and asking for nothing in return.

Chris leads his team to strive for integrity and accountability as they keep Food Paks moving in and out of our four US warehouses. His time at Biola University led him to a career as CFO for several corporations before going into ministry with CHF. He lives in West Hills, California with his wife Stephanie and their two sons.


Michael Richards

Executive Director, Relationship Development & South Region

My first trip to Indonesia broke my heart, turned my world upside down, and opened my eyes to the needs in the world. Working for CHF has taught me that nothing is impossible for God who does astounding things!

After faithfully serving CHF for nine years, Michael took a huge leap of faith, packed up his family, and moved to Texas to launch and expand CHF’s ministry in the Southwest. Michael married his high school sweetheart, Carrie. They live in San Antonio, Texas with their three sons.

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Jerry Ogen-5

Jerry Ogan

Executive Director, Operations

I have come to realize that each of us can participate in God’s plan of reconciliation. Working at CHF has brought significance to this, as it strives to bring help and hope to those in need.

With executive-level experience in operations and supply chain management in the food production and logistics industries, Jerry blends business with a heart for mercy ministry that developed at a young age. The son of missionaries, Jerry was raised in Latin America and now lives in Simi Valley with Sharon, his wife of 30 years. They have three children.


Board of Directors


Dana Scannell

Chairman of the Board

Scannell & Wight

Organizational Psychologist/President

Dick Griffith

Executive Board

Money Management Concepts

Investor

Steve McCormick

Secretary

McCormick Construction

General Building & Consulting Contractor

Len Harral

Treasurer

Cornerstone Automated Systems, LLC.

Financial Executive

Dave Phillips

President

Children’s Hunger Fund

President/Founder

Richard Parkinson

Premier Interior Development

General Contractor/President

Ron Regenstreif

Regency Lighting

Business Owner

Mark Tatlock

Vice-Chair

The Master’s Academy International

President and Chairman

Kirk Cameron

Actor/Producer

Léonce Crump

Renovation Church

Pastor

Tamara Hilliard

Tay’s Gourmet, LLC

CEO and Owner

Lori Young

Crazy Love Ministries; Rose Ryan Consulting

CFO; Accounting and Financial Consultant


Finances


Financial Integrity

Since its inception in 1991, CHF has placed a priority on efficiency, transparency and financial accountability, consistently ranking at the top of America’s most cost-effective charities.

Recently, Charity Navigator lowered CHF to a 3-star rating. Here’s why. While the vast majority of CHF’s distributions are food related, a portion of CHF’s ministry activity includes distribution of donated pharmaceuticals (less than 3% annually).

Last year, due to the giving cycles of its corporate donors, CHF did not receive, and therefore did not distribute, any pharmaceuticals. The absence of these donations in the past year resulted in more than a $20 million drop in donation revenue from prior years.

While CHF experienced significant growth in cash revenue and ministry activity, the absence of pharmaceutical donations creates the perception on CHF’s financial statement of lower revenue than the prior year. This influenced Charity Navigator to lower CHF’s rating to a 3-star based on their rating criteria.

View our financial reports

In submission to our membership with outside reviewer ECFA, we fully disclose our financial records and publicly post our tax returns, which detail exactly where all of our funds are spent. We voluntarily submit to an annual review by a third-party auditor, maintaining full transparency with those who choose to support our work.

 
IRS Form 990
Audited Financial Statement
2016 Annual Report


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