Dr. Larry Ward was struck by the pain and sadness of knowing that thousands of children die each day from hunger-related causes. His work in relief and development opened his eyes, and he knew he had to do something more. In 1971, he founded Food for the Hungry (FH) based on a simple premise, if children died one at a time, he could help them one at a time. Thus began his lifelong mission to serve the world’s most vulnerable people in the hard places.
The organization’s name, Food for the Hungry, was inspired by Psalm 146:7, which reads:
“He upholds the cause of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets prisoners free.”
Food for the Hungry seeks to end ALL forms of human poverty by going to the hard places and walking with the world’s most vulnerable people. They’ve been serving through purposeful relief and development for over four decades. They believe in the fight against poverty, which is why they serve the vulnerable in over 20 countries globally. They’re moved and inspired by their Christian belief that every person has intrinsic value, and that it’s their responsibility to advocate for the poor and marginalized without regard to race, creed or nationality and without adverse distinction of any kind. They serve on the basis of need alone.
They provide life-changing resources such as clean water, medical aid, food, equal educational opportunities to girls and boys, vocational training and empowerment in the midst of unimaginable hardships. Their view of poverty is holistic and complex. They honor the people they serve by inviting them to contribute to the process. They are grateful to be invited into the communities we serve and work side-by-side with local leaders, responding to their needs with transformative solutions, which are both sustainable and implemented at the hands of the communities themselves.
Learn more at fh.org!
Food For the Hungry recognizes the powerful impact the platform of sports can have!
Check out their history of partnering with athletes here: fh.org/sports