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


Feed the Hunger is an evangelical mission organization that connects followers of Christ with strategic leaders domestically and overseas to help fulfill the Great Commission. We have a particular emphasis on Christian leaders who are seeking to meet the spiritual and physical hunger in the needy and lost. Feed the Hunger equips these leaders to feed spiritual hunger with tools like Bibles, community centers/church buildings, bicycles, and micro-enterprise projects. Physical hunger is met through the provision of nutritious food, clean water, Family Crisis Kits, and emergency aid and relief. You also have a hunger in your heart to make a difference in peoples' lives, to make a difference for eternity. You can impact the lives of the hungry here in America and around the world by participating in food packing events called Pack-A-Thons, going on a domestic or overseas mission trip, and investing resources. This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. It is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Contact information

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 2347
Burlington, NC 27216-2347

Website: www.feedthehunger.org

Phone: (336) 227-1273

Email: ndi@newdirections.org

Organization details

EIN: 560953324

CEO/President: Joseph Williams

Chairman: Tony Holt

Board size: 8

Founder: Dr. J. L. Williams

Year founded: 1968

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 1985


It is our desire to do what we can while we can to help people around the world who are in need. The calling of Feed the Hunger is simply to feed the spiritual and physical hunger in the needy. We do this through partnership with strategic leaders by giving them spiritual and physical tools. These leaders already have effective ministries, so there is no need for us to create duplicates. Rather, our desire is to help take their ministries to an even greater place of outreach. These partnerships have primarily taken place in the Third World, but FTH has a growing outreach here in American communities as well.

This organization is a nonprofit and is a member of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

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


The Bible is the only inspired, infallible, authoritative Word of God. As such, it is indispensable in teaching and preaching, and is our only trustworthy guide for living.

There is one God, eternally existent in the Persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The creation of the universe, the world and man was a direct act of God.

Christology includes: the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ, His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood on the cross, His bodily resurrection, His ascension to the right hand of the Father, His intercession for the saints, and His personal and physical return in power and great glory.

Regeneration by the Holy Spirit is essential for the salvation of lost and sinful man. The power and gifts of the Holy Spirit are essential for effective living and faithful service.

There will be a resurrection of both the saved and the lost--the saved unto the resurrection of life, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

The Church is the Body of Christ, consisting of everyone who has been born again of the Spirit of God, and is expressed through membership in both the universal church and the local church.

The Holy Spirit is active today in the world to convict of sin, and to manifest Jesus to hungry hearts. He is also sanctifying His church by guiding believers into all truth, and bestowing spiritual gifts upon believers for the edification of the church.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating159 of 72517 of 94
Fund acquisition rating348 of 72647 of 94
Resource allocation rating292 of 72625 of 94
Asset utilization rating98 of 72512 of 94

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$44,982$51,289$32,454$33,834$21,166
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$299,950$271,645$229,568$241,367$114,840
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$272,294$261,134$230,328$228,955$242,097
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$272,294$261,134$230,328$228,955$242,097
Total assets$572,244$532,779$459,896$470,322$356,937
Payables and accrued expenses$51,436$52,557$50,183$57,600$83,454
Other current liabilities$99,954$13,393$10,542$8,662$8,181
Total current liabilities$151,390$65,950$60,725$66,262$91,635
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$193,622$234,212$268,330$276,760
Total liabilities$151,390$259,572$294,937$334,592$368,395
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$117,611$92,838$56,961$64,185$46,164
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$420,854$273,207$164,959$135,730($11,458)
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$1,852,873$1,756,318$1,575,320$1,566,676$1,410,942
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$0$0$0$0$0
Other revenue$2,523($253)$0$6,426($36,217)
Total other revenue$2,523($253)$0$6,426($36,217)
Total revenue$1,855,396$1,756,065$1,575,320$1,573,102$1,374,725
Program services$1,468,238$1,420,242$1,312,611$1,223,347$1,230,788
Management and general$127,143$126,255$124,032$114,543$102,900
Total expenses$1,707,749$1,652,817$1,541,091$1,425,914$1,430,158
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$147,647$103,248$34,229$147,188($55,433)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$147,647$103,248$34,229$147,188($55,433)


Joseph WilliamsChief Execut$103,918

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2018

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


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.

Program accomplishments

(for 2013)


  • 36 workers receiving ongoing support
  • Serving in 8 countries
  • Impossible to measure their spiritual impact!
  • 7,594 children receive ongoing help, many of them daily
  • 65 schools and homes in 9 countries (including USA)
  • All FTH programs overseas have three components: nutritious food, basic education, and the Gospel
  • 38 projects funded
  • 15 countries
  • Includes clean water, church buildings, transportation, Bibles, self-support
  • 19 mission trips
  • 5 countries
  • 159 travelers
  • 43 events
  • 11 in states
  • Over 6.3 million meals to date


Feed the Hunger has communicated the following needs:

Through partnership with people like you, these leaders can effectively reach so many more people. We cannot help them without concerned people like you who will:

  • Pray for our partners and their ministries
  • Participate in food packing events called Pack-A-Thons
  • Go with us on a domestic or overseas mission trip
  • Give resources in ways that will make an eternal difference