Children’s Hunger Fund Launches Two Mercy Networks in the Philippines

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Mercy Networks to Distribute Food and Other Aid to Children in Crisis

Children's Hunger Fund's new initiative, Think Inside the Box

Children's Hunger Fund's new initiative, Think Inside the Box

“We want the needy families to establish a relationship with someone in their own community who can provide not only food, but other forms of service and aid,” says Dave Phillips, Founder and President of Children’s Hunger Fund.

Children’s Hunger Fund announces the launch of their two new Mercy Networks in the Philippines which will distribute Food Pak boxes to needy families. A Children’s Hunger Fund Mercy Network is a collection of indigenous churches and NGOs who are trained to receive the food and other aid and then hand it out to families within their own communities.

The Food Paks contain meals provided by Children’s Hunger Fund’s “Think Inside the Box” campaign, which is raising 25 million meals for suffering families in the US and around the world. Unlike other international food charities, Children’s Hunger Fund uses a home delivery model where Food Paks are delivered to families by trained volunteers from within their own community.

“We want the needy families to establish a relationship with someone in their own community who can provide not only food, but other forms of service and aid,” says Dave Phillips, Founder and President of Children’s Hunger Fund. “The recipient family doesn’t need to know the name ‘Children’s Hunger Fund’. They need to know the name of a caring person who is there for them in their own neighborhood.”

The first new Mercy Network is on the island of Luzon, where Manila is located. The second is on the island of Cebu, the site of the “super typhoon” in 2013. It was Children’s Hunger Fund’s response to the typhoon relief and the subsequent rebuild which deepened relationships with local churches and other NGOs on the islands, leading to the creation of these new Mercy Networks.

Since the typhoon, Children’s Hunger Fund has sent bulk food, malnutrition packets, blankets, soup mixes, and toys to the children of the Philippines. The latest sea container is being sent to launch the new network in Luzon and contains 1,000 Food Pak boxes and playground equipment from CHF partner Kids Around the World.

A Food Pak box is 20 pounds of food containing about 48 meals for a family. In January 2015, Children’s Hunger Fund launched “Think Inside the Box,” a year-long campaign to send 25 million meals to suffering children. Because of dedicated volunteers and generous corporate partners, each meal can be provided for 25 cents. Information can be found at ChildrensHungerFund.org/THINK.

Children’s Hunger Fund currently has 28 Mercy Networks in the US, Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

About Children’s Hunger Fund

Children’s Hunger Fund was founded 24 years ago in the greater Los Angeles area to serve needy children. Since then, 99% of total contributions—over 1 billion dollars in food and other aid—has been distributed through programs serving more than 20 million children across America and in more than 72 countries around the world. Over 27,000 volunteers are utilized each year to maximize their reach and impact while minimizing overhead. Children’s Hunger Fund strives to operate with total financial integrity and efficiency and is listed by CharityNavigator.org, MinistryWatch.org and Forbes.com as one of the most cost-effective charities in the nation. More info can be found at ChildrensHungerFund.org

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