Feed My Starving Children

Summary

Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) believes hope starts with food. As a Christian nonprofit, FMSC is dedicated to seeing every child whole in body and spirit. FMSC works with food distribution partners that stay with communities for the long haul, empowering them to move from relief to development.


Contact information

Mailing address:
Feed My Starving Children
401 93rd Avenue NW
Coon Rapids, MN 55433

Website: fmsc.org

Phone: 763-504-2919

Email: info@fmsc.org


Organization details

EIN: 411601449

CEO/President: Mark Crea

Chairman: Charlie Wesser and Dean Nadasdy

Board size: 16

Founder: Richard Proudfit

Year founded: 1989

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end:

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Purpose

As a Christian nonprofit organization, Feed My Starving Children is called to feed God's starving children hungry in body and spirit. You will hear us say this again and again: "We want to reach everyone, until ALL are fed." We truly mean this. This means reaching the hard-to-reach people and places, the "least of these." They will be found, and they will be fed. With God's help we will work together with organizations and ministries across the globe to end hunger.


Mission statement

Feeding God's starving children hungry in body and spirit.


Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating310 of 61936 of 68
Fund acquisition rating360 of 62039 of 68
Resource allocation rating304 of 62037 of 68
Asset utilization rating291 of 61934 of 68

Financial ratios

Funding ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Return on fundraising efforts Return on fundraising efforts =
Fundraising expense /
Total contributions
7%8%7%7%6%5%
Fundraising cost ratio Fundraising cost ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total revenue
6%7%7%7%6%5%
Contributions reliance Contributions reliance =
Total contributions /
Total revenue
98%97%97%97%97%98%
Fundraising expense ratio Fundraising expense ratio =
Fundraising expense /
Total expenses
6%8%8%7%6%5%
Other revenue reliance Other revenue reliance =
Total other revenue /
Total revenue
2%3%3%3%3%2%
 
Operating ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Program expense ratio Program expense ratio =
Program services /
Total expenses
86%85%86%86%88%88%
Spending ratio Spending ratio =
Total expenses /
Total revenue
100%95%92%99%99%94%
Program output ratio Program output ratio =
Program services /
Total revenue
85%81%79%85%87%83%
Savings ratio Savings ratio =
Surplus (deficit) /
Total revenue
0%5%8%1%1%6%
Reserve accumulation rate Reserve accumulation rate =
Surplus (deficit) /
Net assets
0%15%25%3%4%23%
General and admin ratio General and admin ratio =
Management and general expense /
Total expenses
7%7%7%7%6%7%
 
Investing ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Total asset turnover Total asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total assets
1.771.871.982.342.492.47
Degree of long-term investment Degree of long-term investment =
Total assets /
Total current assets
1.291.251.301.331.161.13
Current asset turnover Current asset turnover =
Total expenses /
Total current assets
2.772.352.573.122.902.79
 
Liquidity ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Current ratio Current ratio =
Total current assets /
Total current liabilities
6.403.052.562.312.512.93
Current liabilities ratio Current liabilities ratio =
Total current liabilities /
Total current assets
0.140.330.390.430.400.34
Liquid reserve level Liquid reserve level =
(Total current assets -
Total current liabilities) /
(Total expenses / 12)
3.003.442.842.192.492.84
 
Solvency ratiosSector median20182017201620152014
Liabilities ratio Liabilities ratio =
Total liabilities /
Total assets
13%30%36%41%34%30%
Debt ratio Debt ratio =
Debt /
Total assets
0%4%6%9%0%0%
Reserve coverage ratio Reserve coverage ratio =
Net assets /
Total expenses
41%37%32%25%26%28%

Financials

Balance sheet
 
Assets20182017201620152014
Cash$10,825,494$9,147,002$5,696,357$7,084,004$6,331,338
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$6,146,538$4,668,039$5,559,330$3,650,587$2,909,156
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$16,972,032$13,815,041$11,255,687$10,734,591$9,240,494
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$4,213,770$4,102,585$3,657,765$1,654,343$1,147,116
Other long-term assets$87,105$74,909$74,409$74,046$49,103
Total long-term assets$4,300,875$4,177,494$3,732,174$1,728,389$1,196,219
Total assets$21,272,907$17,992,535$14,987,861$12,462,980$10,436,713
 
Liabilities20182017201620152014
Payables and accrued expenses$2,841,756$3,034,883$3,053,655$2,941,547$1,812,571
Other current liabilities$2,723,610$2,355,971$1,815,075$1,329,986$1,344,924
Total current liabilities$5,565,366$5,390,854$4,868,730$4,271,533$3,157,495
Debt$877,281$1,056,879$1,296,355$0$0
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$877,281$1,056,879$1,296,355$0$0
Total liabilities$6,442,647$6,447,733$6,165,085$4,271,533$3,157,495
 
Net assets20182017201620152014
Unrestricted$12,621,353$9,986,439$7,975,312$6,609,422$6,106,361
Temporarily restricted$2,157,907$1,558,363$847,464$4,582,025$1,172,857
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$14,830,260$11,544,802$8,822,776$8,191,447$7,279,218
 
Revenues and expenses
 
Revenue20182017201620152014
Total contributions$40,857,747$37,504,730$34,342,732$30,589,333$26,802,018
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$47,746$6,236$6,148$6,688($12,484)
Other revenue$1,079,515$997,971$989,053$855,234$619,361
Total other revenue$1,127,261$1,004,207$995,201$861,922$606,877
Total revenue$41,985,008$38,508,937$35,337,933$31,451,255$27,408,895
 
Expenses20182017201620152014
Program services$33,954,742$30,548,310$30,181,145$27,349,006$22,724,219
Management and general$2,757,650$2,343,088$2,402,006$2,006,553$1,681,439
Fundraising$3,114,557$2,679,359$2,486,740$1,736,491$1,341,828
Total expenses$39,826,949$35,570,757$35,069,891$31,092,050$25,747,486
 
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$2,158,059$2,938,180$268,042$359,205$1,661,409
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$2,158,059$2,938,180$268,042$359,205$1,661,409

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History

Since our founding in 1987, Feed My Starving Children has given hope in Jesus' name in the form of nutritious MannaPack meals to so many who are hungry around the world. We ask His blessing and your support in the years ahead as we continue on, until all are fed. 1987 - FOUNDING Challenged by needs he saw on a mission trip to Honduras in 1982, late Minnesota businessman Richard Proudfit heard God say, "If you've seen my starving children, feed them." Feed My Starving Children was founded in 1987 and began working to develop an effective and nutritious meal formula. 1993 - RICE FORMULA With the help of a team of Cargill food scientists and colleagues from General Mills and Pillsbury, a vitamin-and-mineral fortified rice meal was created specifically for malnourished children around the age of five years old. FMSC changed the name from "Fortified Rice Soy Casserole" to MannaPack Rice in 2008. 1994 - VOLUNTEER PRODUCTION After bottles, cartons and machine-canning were ruled out, a timely donation came: 1 million plastic bags from a discontinued Green Giant product. Board members trial-packed a few bags and today's volunteer meal-packing model was born. In 2005, productivity jumped 40% when engineers recommended volunteers form "cells" around the funnel. 1994 - FIRST MEAL SHIPMENTS Volunteers were recruited to help pack meals for FMSC's first major shipment of MannaPack Rice to a pediatric hospital in Rwanda, Africa, via FMSC partner Operation Blessing. Meals were then sent to Haiti via Mercy Ships, then to Belarus and Paraguay. FMSC food has reached more than 70 countries through hundreds of food distribution partners. More than 99% of meals have arrived safely. 1998 - 2004 - TRANSITION & REDEDICATION For many years, FMSC struggled to produce 2-3 million meals a year. The founder left the organization in 1998 to start a different charity. In December 2003, the board rededicated FMSC to Christ and hired current Executive Director/CEO Mark Crea in April 2004. Prayer became a priority every day. Support increased dramatically. 2004 - SITE EXPANSION One site in Brooklyn Park, Minn. expanded to two with a site in Eagan, Minn. Other expansions rapidly followed: Chanhassen, Minn. in 2006; Aurora, Ill. in 2008; Schaumburg, Ill. in 2010; Tempe, Ariz. in 2011; Libertyville, Ill. in November 2012; and Richardson, TX in July 2018. In 2009 the Brooklyn Park HQ and packing site moved to its current location in Coon Rapids, Minn. In 2015 the Tempe packing site moved to Mesa, Ariz., in 2019 the Eagan, MN packing site expanded and the Schaumburg, Illin. site is about to relocate to expand. FMSC opened a warehouse in Norcross, Ga. in 2014 and Middletown, Penn. in 2015. 2004 - FIRST MOBILEPACK Youth Encounter (YE) asked FMSC to bring a service experience to 300 students gathering in Kansas City, Mo. It was successful, and YE asked for more events. FMSC MobilePack events were born. 2007 - FMSC MARKETPLACE While visiting an FMSC partner in Haiti, staff member Meghan Howard bought several hand-beaded bracelets from a group of young artisans. She then purchased 100 bracelets made by women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to sell at FMSC. In a matter of days, they sold out and generated $500 for the artisans. FMSC bought more and sold more, and FMSC's MarketPlace began. In fiscal year '16/'17, FMSC supported 1,951 local artisans in countries that receive FMSC meals and FMSC MarketPlace sales provided 5,263,360 meals. 2008 - 2010 - POTATO FORMULAS FMSC collaborated with leading HIV nutritionist Cade Fields-Gardner, MS, RDN, LDN, CD, to develop MannaPack Potato-D, the world's first and only food to treat diarrhea, a leading killer of children worldwide. When orphanages began using the smooth formula to feed infants, FMSC modified the formula to create Potato-W, a weaning food that provides complete nutrients for babies 7-12 months old. 2011 - CROPPS PROGRAM FMSC's CROPPS (Coalition of Relief Organizations Promoting Practical Solutions) sustainability initiative launched in Nicaragua in 2011 to develop relationships between FMSC partners working in the same country and other like-minded organizations to collaborate on best practices in food aid, agricultural development, government, ministry and more. CROPPS groups are currently established in Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Liberia, Philippines, Honduras, El Salvador and Swaziland. 2012 - PBFA PROGRAM FMSC initiated a short-term, highly targeted project (1-3 years) called PBFA (Project Based Food Assistance) to bring church, government and community leaders together in a comprehensive campaign to eliminate hunger at its roots in a specific community. Projects are currently underway in the Philippines and Dominican Republic. 2017 - THEN & NOW 1994 - 2,409 volunteers packed 400,000 meals 2017 - More than 1.2 million volunteers packed more than 333 million meals


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