Who We Are - 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 worked in the US and around the world to elevate the local church, equipping and positioning church leaders and volunteers to reach suffering children and families in their communities by delivering food and hope found in the gospel of Christ.

The Problem

More than ten percent of the world population lives in extreme poverty (less than $1.90 per day). Most lack access to one or more basic human needs: sufficient food, safe drinking water, or adequate shelter.

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

It starts with a Food Pak.

A Food Pak is a box of non-perishable food that can provide meals for a family facing food insecurity. The food is provided by generous donors and corporate partners and packed by volunteers into Food Paks.

Food Paks are then distributed to pastors and volunteers from local churches who are trained in gospel-centered relational mercy ministry. The food is then delivered directly to the homes of children and families in need in their community.

This unique style of home delivery allows for relationships to form between the family and the local church who is serving them. This relationship creates an opportunity to share the hope of the gospel, helping to meet not only physical needs but spiritual needs, as well.

Mercy Network

CHF has Mercy Networks in 30 countries. A CHF Mercy Network is a collection of like-minded churches, trained and equipped by CHF, that are pursuing gospel-centered, relational mercy ministry.

Our Values

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.

Statement of Faith


God exists eternally as three persons; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matthew 28:19, 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 2 Corinthians 13:14, Hebrews 9:14)


The Heavenly Father, the first person of the triune Godhead, in His great love for the world, sent His beloved only begotten Son into the world as the Savior of mankind to provide everlasting life and Fatherhood for each believer. (John 3:16, Romans 8:14, 1 John 4:14)


Jesus Christ is the eternal Son of God; was manifested in the flesh by virgin birth; was crucified as the only acceptable sacrifice for our sins; arose bodily from the grave; is preparing a place for us; will return for us. (John 1:35; John 1:1, 14, John 14:1-6, Acts 1:9-11, 1 Corinthians 15:3-9, 1 Peter 2:24, 1 Peter 3:18)


The Holy Spirit draws, regenerates, and gifts us to confess Jesus as our Savior from our sins and Lord of our lives; indwells us to explain the Bible and empowers us to live godly lives. He is also the Agent of our security and inheritance in Christ. (John 16:7-14, Acts 5:3-4, Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:13, Ephesians 5:17-21)


Every person is a sinner and separated from God until repenting of his sins and receiving God’s gift of eternal life by trusting in Jesus Christ alone as Savior and Lord. (Acts 4:12, Romans 3:23, Romans 6:23, Ephesians 2:8-9, 1 Peter 1:18-21)


The Bible is the Word of God; it is God-breathed and without error; it is the final authority for our faith and living. (Psalm 19:7-8, Matthew 5:18; 2 Timothy 3:16-17, Hebrews 4:12, 2 Peter 1:20-21)


Believers are eternally safe and secure in Jesus and give evidence of genuine faith by a life of good works. (John 3:16, John 10:27-29, Romans 8:38-39, James 2:14-17) 


The church is the living body of Christ on earth comprised of all believers in Jesus Christ, but is manifested through assemblies which are devoted to worshipping God, maturing believers and reaching unbelievers with the Gospel. (Matthew 16:8, Matthew 28:19-20, 1 Corinthians 12:27, Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 4:11-13, Hebrews 10:25)


The future life of believers is a blessed eternity with God in heaven, but unbelievers face eternal suffering apart from God. (Matthew 25:46, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:8, 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, Revelation 20:11-15)


Within God’s ultimate sovereign choice, eternal life is offered to the world from a divine heart of love that desires all to respond to that love, wanting no one to perish and promising an eternal relationship to every sincere seeker. (Proverbs 8:17, Jeremiah 19:13, Amos 5:4, John 1:7. 3:16-17, 5:40, 6:44, Romans 8:33, Ephesians 1:4-5, 1 Timothy 2:3-4, 2 Peter 3:9)


We believe that the term “marriage” has only one meaning: the uniting of one man and one woman in a single, exclusive union, as delineated in Scripture (Genesis 2:18-25; Mark 10:6-9.)

We believe that God has provided for sexual intimacy to occur only within marriage and that any form of sexual intimacy outside of the bounds of marriage, as marriage is herein defined, is sin. (Matthew 15:18-20; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 18, 7:2-5; Hebrews 13:4).


Dave Phillips

Founder & President
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.

Michael Richards

Senior Vice President
"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.

Jason Hartung

Vice President of Finance (CFO)
Before coming to CHF, Jason spent nearly 23 years working in administrative roles in Christian higher education. Through the struggles and joys of raising four children, including one with special needs, he and his wife, Mary, experience first-hand the impact of timely demonstrations of kindness and care by God’s people. Jason is thrilled to support CHF’s efforts to help local churches love the poor in their communities. The Hartungs live in Santa Clarita, California.

Morgan Owen

Executive Director, Relationship Development
Morgan moved to California from Florida with her husband in pursuit of his dream of working in the film industry. By God’s grace, the Lord had a plan for her as well, as she was introduced to CHF through an acquaintance shortly after their move. From her first tour, Morgan immediately fell in love with the mission and values of the organization. She is humbled by the opportunity to serve children in need around the world through the work of the local church. Morgan is married to her high school youth group sweetheart, Jordan. They live in North Hollywood, California.

José Luis Amézquita

Executive Director, Ministry Development
José Luis was born in Guatemala and moved to the United States when he was 18 years old. His involvement with CHF began in 1998, first as a pastor of a Mercy Network church in California, then as staff within CHF’s Ministry Development department. As CHF’s first Director of Ministry Development in Latin America, he helped establish relationships in that region that still exist today. José Luis has a heart for training pastors and church leaders to reach suffering people through mercy ministry. José Luis and his wife, Luz, live in Simi Valley, California.

Buddy Brewer

Executive Director, Operations

Buddy brings to Children’s Hunger Fund diverse experience from both corporate business and international missions work. Buddy spent 15 years working for Fortune 500 companies in the areas of sales, sales planning, sales strategy, and business analytics. Before coming to CHF, Buddy—along with his wife and two children—spent 10 years in Germany, where he worked as a pastor and church planter and even created a German-based non-profit organization. Buddy has a passion for pastors, the local church, and seeing lives transformed by the power of the gospel.

Board of Directors

Dana Scannell

Chairman of the Board
Scannell & Wight Organizational Psychologist/President

Len Harral

Retired Financial Executive

Dick Griffith

Executive Board
Money Management Concepts Investor

Léonce B. Crump Jr.

Renovation Church Pastor

Dave Phillips

Children’s Hunger Fund Founder/President

Glenn Carpenter

CC&B Investment Group Inc. Real Estate Investor

Steve McCormick

McCormick Construction General Building & Consulting Contractor

Mark Tatlock

The Master’s Academy International President and Chairman

Jim Wicker

J.W. Logistics, LLC Founder & CEO

Scott Olson

Pathway Healthcare Business Owner, Investor, CEO

Mike Trujillo

Riot Games Treasurer & Tax Leader

Lori Young

Greenough Consulting Group, Crazy Love Ministries CFO/Controller; Accounting Consultant


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, CHF earned a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator. This is the highest possible rating that a non-profit can earn to distinguish itself as an organization that adheres to best practices and executes its mission in a financially efficient way.

This exceptional designation from Charity Navigator sets Children’s Hunger Fund apart from its peers and demonstrates to the public its trustworthiness. Children’s Hunger Fund has a strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency.

The 4-Star rating can reassure donors that when they donate to Children’s Hunger Fund, their
donation is being utilized towards the intended use.

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 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.

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