Children's Hunger Fund / CHF

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Children's Hunger Fund (CHF) has practiced Gospel-centered mercy ministry for more than twenty years. They have distributed more than 1 billion dollars in food and other resources to more than 20 million children in the U.S. and worldwide. Since 1991, 99% of CHF's total contributions have been used for programs helping kids.

To do so, Children's Hunger Fund solicits donations of food, clothing, personal hygiene items, medicines, medical supplies and other relief aid from American companies. These products are delivered to the homes of poor families through monitored distribution networks of local churches in slums, villages and inner cities across America and around the world. CHF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and a member in good standing of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Contact information

Mailing address:
13931 Balboa Blvd.
Sylmar, CA 91342-1084


Phone: (800) 708-7589


Organization details

EIN: 954335462

CEO/President: Mr. David Phillips

Chairman: Mr. Dick Griffith

Board size: 8

Founder: Mr. David Phillips

Year founded: 1991

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 03/31

Member of ECFA: Yes

Member of ECFA since:


Children's Hunger Fund delivers food and other resources to the homes of children in need, but they don't stop there. Knowing that true hope can only come through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, CHF equips and resources local churches for Gospel-centered mercy ministry in impoverished communities around the world.

Mission statement

CHF uses the following to express its mission:

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

Statement of faith

CHF expresses its statement of faith as follows:

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whose indwelling the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost: they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, and they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in Christ.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating94 of 91313 of 75
Fund acquisition rating124 of 91510 of 75
Resource allocation rating102 of 91514 of 75
Asset utilization rating418 of 91334 of 75

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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
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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 3/15/2021. 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.

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We've found the most effective way to care for a needy family is to bring help directly to their door. Our Food Paks are relationship-building tools that provide face-to-face opportunities to share the gospel through practical acts of compassion.

A Food Pak is twenty pounds of nutritious and delicious food delivered to the door of a family struggling to survive. Your gift of a Food Pak provides an opportunity to share the love of Christ.

You may provide a Food Pak for a hungry family in one of three ways:

  1. Donate a minimum of $12 at and our volunteers will pack a box for you.
  2. Become a Hope Partner by giving an automatic monthly gift of $30 or more to provide ongoing support for a suffering family.
  3. Encourage your church or school to conduct a 'Project Food Pak' drive. Contact us for details at (800) 708-7589.

Children's Hunger Fund is able to achieve remarkable results thanks to the many contributions from the private sector. When you give to Children's Hunger Fund, you can be confident that your generous donation will be put in the hands of children who need it.

We pride ourselves on accurate monitoring and tracking of shipments. Our reputation for prompt pickup, accountability and extensive feedback has helped us earn the confidence of many U.S. corporations and manufacturers.

We need the following in kind gifts:
  • Food: Nutrition Bars, Flour, Cooking Oil, Sugar, Corn, Soybeans, Baby Food, Milk Formula, Juice, Cereal, Rice, Beans, Pasta, Vegetable Seeds, Soup, Canned Meat, Canned Fruit, Canned Vegetables
  • New School Supplies: Notepads, Markers, Crayons, Books, Pencils and Pens, Coloring Books
  • Personal Hygiene Items: Soap, Tooth Paste and Toothbrushes, Shampoo
  • New Clothing: Diapers, Shoes and Boots, Jackets, Pants, Children's Clothing, Sweatshirts, T-shirts, Socks, Gloves
  • New Toys: Dolls and Teddy Bears, Balls, $5 to $10 Gifts, Play Centers for Orphanages
  • Medicines: Laundry Detergent, Deodorant, Vitamins, Antibiotics, Aspirin, Cough Syrup, Cold Formula
  • Medical supplies: Diaper Rash Ointment, Hospital Equipment, First Aid Kits, Bandages, Anti Diarrhea Medicine
  • Other Relief Materials: Blankets, Building Supplies, Sleeping Bags, Cooking Utensils

To arrange to make a Gifts In Kind donation, please call (800) 708-7589. Email


Join the Volunteer Force. Work on the assembly line filling Food Paks, bagging beans and pasta, or wrapping toys. Families, school groups, churches, and other organizations help keep costs low and process donated products quickly. Your volunteer experience will be life-changing as you meet the needs of poor children.

To set your volunteer date, contact us at (800) 708-7589 or visit

Transportation and Shipping

Children's Hunger Fund transports products all over the country and around the world. If you are in the transportation industry and can help us move products out of corporate warehouses into the hands of needy children, we would like to hear from you. Call CHF at (800) 708-7589.