Feed the Hunger, Inc. formerly New Directions International/ NDI

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Feed the Hunger is a Christian ministry delivering hope and a future to malnourished children around the world who are vulnerable to starvation by utilizing volunteers to pack life-saving meals, which we distribute along with culturally appropriate Bibles.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Feed the Hunger, Inc.
P.O. Box 2347
Burlington, NC 27216-2347

Website: www.feedthehunger.org

Phone: (336) 227-1273

Email: info@feedthehunger.org

Organization details

EIN: 560953324

CEO/President: Joseph Williams

Chairman: Tony Holt

Board size: 10

Founder: Dr. J.L. Williams

Ruling year: 1971

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1985


We have a particular emphasis on connecting with Christian leaders seeking to fulfill the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16-20). Feed the Hunger equips these leaders to feed spiritual hunger with tools like Bibles, bicycles, and micro-enterprise projects. Physical hunger is met through the provision of nutritious food, clean water, and emergency aid and relief. We seek to meet these needs in three target audiences: (1) at-risk children in America and overseas, (2) those in crisis situations, such as refugees and victims of natural disasters, and (3) ethnic groups that are just beginning to be reached with the message of Jesus.

Mission statement

Feed the Hunger uses the following to express its Mission Statement:

Feeding the spiritual and physical hunger in the poor and needy.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating193 of 101026 of 120
Fund acquisition rating598 of 101269 of 120
Resource allocation rating303 of 101243 of 120
Asset utilization rating72 of 101012 of 120

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$42,126$47,321$44,982$51,289$32,454
Short-term investments$11,085$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$339,101$252,621$299,950$271,645$229,568
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$252,270$270,379$272,294$261,134$230,328
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$252,270$270,379$272,294$261,134$230,328
Total assets$591,371$523,000$572,244$532,779$459,896
Payables and accrued expenses$65,261$64,301$51,436$52,557$50,183
Other current liabilities$4,485$19,181$99,954$13,393$10,542
Total current liabilities$69,746$83,482$151,390$65,950$60,725
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$3,821$11,508$0$193,622$234,212
Total liabilities$73,567$94,990$151,390$259,572$294,937
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$398,542$258,352$303,243$180,369$112,998
With donor restrictions$119,262$169,658$117,611$92,838$56,961
Net assets$517,804$428,010$420,854$273,207$164,959
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$2,018,734$1,968,494$1,852,873$1,756,318$1,575,320
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$631$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$117,969$0$2,523($253)$0
Total other revenue$118,600$0$2,523($253)$0
Total revenue$2,137,334$1,968,494$1,855,396$1,756,065$1,575,320
Program services$1,768,964$1,698,770$1,468,238$1,420,242$1,312,611
Management and general$148,465$133,646$127,143$126,255$124,032
Total expenses$2,047,540$1,950,468$1,707,749$1,652,817$1,541,091
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$89,794$18,026$147,647$103,248$34,229
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$89,794$18,026$147,647$103,248$34,229


Joseph WilliamsChief Execut$104,367

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 5/11/2021. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


For many years, Feed the Hunger went by the name of New Directions Ministries and New Directions International. It was founded in 1968 by Dr. J.L. Williams and his wife, Patt. During the early years, the ministry was an interracial singing group comprised of high school and college students. They were pioneers in using contemporary Christian music to share their faith in churches and anywhere they could find an audience. Traveling on weekends during the school year and throughout the vacation months, they ended each summer with a cross-cultural mission trip.

Those intense and varied experiences of discipleship, practical evangelism, and mission outreach became the training ground for many young men and women who went on to actively minister in other capacities. Over time, the focus of Feed the Hunger shifted from American teenagers and college students to Christian leaders in the Third World. Feed the Hunger equips these leaders with spiritual and physical tools to reach their own people for Christ. Most recently, Feed the Hunger has begun outreach in the U.S. to feed the spiritual and physical hunger in needy communities.

About J.L. Williams:

J.L. Williams was reared in a spiritually enriched family by his parents, Clarence and Edith Crouse Williams. It was a heritage full of faith and serving others, with a heavy emphasis on overseas missions.

He graduated pre-med from Asbury College in Wilmore, Kentucky, and then received his Master of Divinity degree in comparative world religions from Duke Divinity School. He later earned a Doctor of Ministry degree in contemporary counter-Christian cults from Luther Rice Seminary.

Through the YMCA in Burlington, NC, J.L. and his wife, Patt, founded The New Directions singing group in August 1968. This group was interracial, contemporary, and inter-denominational, ministering throughout the US and the Caribbean from 1968 to the mid-1980s. He then transitioned to developing partnerships with indigenous leaders overseas, mainly in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.

J.L.'s passion was to pour himself into those cross-cultural partnerships, equipping strategic Christian leaders with practical and spiritual tools to reach the unreached for Christ. Whether it was preaching, teaching, writing, mentoring, agricultural projects, self-support initiatives, helping orphanages, etc., he was absolutely relentless in serving Christ by serving others.

J.L. died on December 28, 2016, at Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, NC, leaving Patt, their 4 married children, and 12 grandchildren. Patt continues his legacy by working with their son, Joseph, through Feed the Hunger, as he shares the same vision as his dad: to help meet the spiritual and physical hunger of those in greatest need, locally and globally.

Program accomplishments


You can impact the lives of the hungry here in America and around the world by participating in food packing events called Packathons (everyone is welcome to participate!), going on a domestic or overseas mission trip, and investing resources.