Children's Hunger Fund / CHF

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Join us as we come alongside the local church to deliver life-saving food and aid with a message of Hope that is eternal. Children around the world are hungry and living in poverty. We deliver help and the hope of the gospel to a suffering world.

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.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Children's Hunger Fund
13931 Balboa Blvd.
Sylmar, CA 91342-1084


Phone: (800) 708-7589


Organization details

EIN: 954335462

CEO/President: Mr. David Phillips

Chairman: Dana Scannell

Board size: 12

Founder: Mr. David Phillips

Year founded: 1991

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since: 2003


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.

The Solution

Feed, Aid, Connect, Equip. We FACE poverty in these four ways:

Feed: Hunger can drown out the message of hope, making it important to first meet the physical need of food. Children's Hunger Fund provides nourishing food for hungry kids across America and around the world.

Aid: As our partner churches develop relationships with families, they are able to determine other types of help that will benefit a suffering family. We provide medicine and vitamins, clothing, bedding, diapers, and other kinds of desperately-needed aid.

Connect: We value relationship, especially the relationship between the local church and their community. CHF equips those who are able to serve to connect with those who are in need of physical help and the love of Christ.

Equip: Children's Hunger Fund empowers Christian leaders around the world to meet the needs in their local communities with strategies that are both biblical and innovative.

Mission statement

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

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).

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating93 of 94011 of 76
Fund acquisition rating130 of 94210 of 76
Resource allocation rating127 of 94213 of 76
Asset utilization rating381 of 94032 of 76

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,374,895$2,801,870$8,817,131$6,020,804$4,727,496
Short-term investments$1,008$18,933$20,705$1,742,121$1,681,407
Other current assets$71,953$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$13,575,717$7,021,508$15,080,276$12,956,631$9,288,088
Long-term investments$1,214,751$1,298,942$1,324,626$0$0
Fixed assets$15,099,568$16,074,249$12,982,717$9,834,876$9,383,660
Other long-term assets$61,217$274,517$60,953$62,129$32,129
Total long-term assets$16,375,536$17,647,708$14,368,296$9,897,005$9,415,789
Total assets$29,951,253$24,669,216$29,448,572$22,853,636$18,703,877
Payables and accrued expenses$586,492$549,615$917,049$669,134$566,205
Other current liabilities$267,000$252,658$307,076$266,287$148,166
Total current liabilities$853,492$802,273$1,224,125$935,421$714,371
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$52,325$126,470$208,501$261,784$93,911
Total long-term liabilities$4,513,754$4,747,669$5,020,290$5,220,516$5,209,039
Total liabilities$5,367,246$5,549,942$6,244,415$6,155,937$5,923,410
Net assets20202019201720162015
Without donor restrictions$21,428,471$17,639,960$18,977,801$12,968,685$9,644,173
With donor restrictions$3,155,536$1,479,314$4,226,356$3,729,014$3,136,294
Net assets$24,584,007$19,119,274$23,204,157$16,697,699$12,780,467
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$66,100,575$66,363,527$84,266,561$48,820,002$38,727,809
Program service revenue$132,867$135,172$33,595$45,359$60,446
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income($33,539)$32,191$228,183$162,327($12,456)
Other revenue$242,976$3,179($1,872)$2,167$3,508
Total other revenue$342,304$170,542$259,906$209,853$51,498
Total revenue$66,442,879$66,534,069$84,526,467$49,029,855$38,779,307
Program services$58,015,089$67,227,790$75,318,537$42,763,363$33,227,448
Management and general$1,881,231$2,316,254$1,688,825$1,551,501$1,331,403
Total expenses$60,978,146$70,618,952$78,020,009$45,112,623$35,311,699
Change in net assets20202019201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$5,464,733($4,084,883)$6,506,458$3,917,232$3,467,608
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$1,047,097
Total change in net assets$5,464,733($4,084,883)$6,506,458$3,917,232$4,514,705


David PhillipsPresident$242,663
Michael Richards Sr VPRelationship Development$170,316
Jason HartungVP of Finance$145,957
Mark Tatlock DirectorChaplain / Exec. Consultant$48,000

Compensation data as of: 3/31/2020

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 9/15/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Children's Hunger Fund began their food distribution program to feed hungry families in Southern California in 1992. When the Los Angeles riot broke out, they immediately responded by increasing their program into South-Central Los Angeles. To break the cycle of poverty, they worked with World Impact to establish a job-training program for inner-city youth throughout the nation.

Over the next two years, Children's Hunger Fund expanded in their goal to serve children in need, across America and around the world. The first of many truckloads of food and clothing were sent to help Native American children in Arizona. Relief assistance was sent to children in orphanages in Mexico, Central Europe and Africa.

In January 1994, the Northridge earthquake struck a few miles from Children's Hunger Fund's headquarters. With their warehouse full of food, but only $500 in the bank, they responded immediately by giving all the food to local churches to help feed the community. Within days, public agencies and private corporations refilled the warehouse over and over again with food and clothing to feed over 50,000 families each week for months.

Over the years, Children's Hunger Fund responded to emergencies around the world helping children and their families in their time of greatest need. Relief assistance was sent following the Indonesian Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, Horn of Africa famine, Haitian Earthquake, Hurricane Sandy, and many others.

Today Children's Hunger Fund has 'Mercy Networks' of trained, local churches serving the poor in developing countries around the world. In the U.S., CHF's Mercy Networks in San Antonio, Chicago, and Los Angeles provide food and other assistance for some of the nations poorest families.

Many generous companies and individuals help Children's Hunger Fund transform children's lives from hunger to hope. Truck drivers transport food. Volunteers wrap gifts and fill "Food Paks," donors write checks, corporations give products, and churches care for suffering children, all in an effort to share the gospel with the poor. Together with their supporters, Children's Hunger Fund delivers hope.

Program accomplishments

We've distributed life saving food and aid to over 300 million children around the world.


Every gift helps! Generous donors help deliver life-saving food and the hope of the gospel.

Volunteers of all ages make a difference, packing food to be distributed in the US and around the world. Food Paks are distributed to pastors and volunteers around the world, who hand-deliver help and hope to the suffering in their communities.