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A local organization is promoting their food machine. Did you copy them?No. In fact, our food formula was given to them years ago. We are pleased that they have chosen to produce a machine to make the food formula. There are far too many hungry people in the world that need help - and far more then we can help by ourselves. We use volunteers (as opposed to a machine) because we want people to be personally engaged in "knowing the rest of the story". We are a family friendly ministry that allows people of all ages and abilities to serve together. In doing so, they are challenged in their time of volunteerism.
How was Hands Against Hunger started?Our Hands Against Hunger program was incorporated into the charter of A Child's Hope Int'l when it was formed in April 2008. We became a licensed satellite of the main Kids Against Hunger office which is located in New Hope, MN. The Kids Against Hunger brand was founded in March 1999 by Richard Proudfit, a successful entrepreneur. In 1974 Richard volunteered on a medical mission to Honduras after Hurricane Fifi had ravaged that country. Profoundly affected by the starvation he saw among the children there, he made a decision to commit his life and financial resources to solving the enormous problem of world hunger. His life's work became clear to him— feed these starving children.
Is Hands Against Hunger the same as A Child’s Hope Int’l?Not really. A Child's Hope Int'l is the parent non-profit organization whose purpose is to help marginalized children survive and thrive. ACHI helps children through four bridges of care: adoption, foster care, orphan care and humanitarian relief. Hands Against Hunger is a highly acclaimed and very important program of ACHI under the Humanitarian Relief bridge of care.
What days are the Hands Against Hunger “Factory” open?The offices of A Child's Hope Int'l and the Hands Against Hunger "Factory" are opened daily from 9 AM to 5 PM (except holidays, etc). Volunteers come to help with a variety of tasks that need to be done. You can help by seeing the Help Us menu at the top of the page. The "Factory" is generally open for production of our high protein food on Saturdays. Those dates can be seen on our calendar for Public Sessions. We do open the "Factory" for Private Sessions as well when groups (i.e. churches, businesses, schools, etc) schedule an approved event.
What is so special about the food formula?The food ingredients are formulated by food scientists to provide a rich source of easily digestible protein, carbohydrates and vitamins needed by an undernourished child's body and mind. The food is also acceptable to the broad diversity of ethnic tastes and religious differences around the world. The food offers all nine of the essential amino acids required for complete nutrition, something that can't be said about other typical food relief sources such as rice or beans alone. It is also very simple to prepare, requiring only six cups of boiling water to make a complete meal. You can read more about the nutritional value of the food formula elsewhere on the Hands Against Hunger page.
How do you get the money for your food?It costs our organization about 25 cents to feed one child for one day - we call that the program cost. Feeding a hungry child a high protein meal for just 25 cents a day is a remarkable achievement and it comes through a dedicated commitment to managing an efficient operation. This involves cost management and the dedication of many unpaid volunteers. Ultimately our team is motivated by a love and appreciation for the children. One container of 300,000 meals has a program cost of $75,000. Trucking, shipping and transport are additional costs unless they can be donated. As a nonprofit organization we raise all our funds from the generosity of individual donors, corporations, community benefactors, places of worship, and foundations. Quite simply, the more money we receive from donors, the more children we can feed. We do not receive any federal, state or local government stipends. There are many reasons why we do not receive any government funding, nonetheless of which is the amount of paperwork, restrictions and philosophical differences. As well, we do not receive donated food ingredients that are defective, manufacturing overruns or expired. All of the food ingredients are purchased at prevailing market prices - in large quantities to get the best prices possible. We do ask our volunteers to help us feed hungry children and to make a personal sacrifice of 25 cents a day to feed one child. In most cases, that personal sacrifice would not be a hardship for our volunteers. When a volunteer cannot contribute that amount (25 cents a day for one year) then we have to find other sources of funding. That limits our ability to pack more food and to be open more days during the week.
How sure are you that the food (and our donations) gets to the children?This is a common and very legitimate question given the abuses all of us have seen in the humanitarian relief sector. We work closely with our distribution partners - churches, nonprofit organizations and U.S. government agencies operating in poor countries to distribute the meals prepared by our volunteers. We seek out organizations that have a proven track record of successfully getting the food to the children and keeping it out of the hands of corrupt government officials and criminals. We always require our feeding partners to document how they distributed the food and provide us with pictures of the children who receive it. When possible, we travel to these destinations ahead of time to meet the people and confirm the logistics. An important aspect of the Hands Against Hunger solution is to partner with a qualified organization that will benefit immediately from the food packets upon arrival. The organization (whether local, regional or international) must have a:
1. Presence with the people in need who trust them.
2. Plan to get the food to the children and people in need.
3. Purpose to see that children (especially) hear and learn of the love of Jesus Christ.
All three of these elements are extremely important to the overall success of the program. We have shipped over 950 tons of Hands Against Hunger all over the world. Of that, we "lost" approximately 5 tons that was taken by a foreign government and used to feed their people in a rural area. The food was intended for a local orphanage but was reassigned by the government. In addition, even though other organizations have reported lost, unused or unaccounted funds and supplies for Haiti's earthquake relief effort, we have delivered and used all funds intended for that purpose.
Is my donation to Hands Against Hunger tax deductible?Absolutely! A Child's Hope International, Inc is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit, tax exempt organization within the State of Ohio and is approved by IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization with complete tax-exempt status. Hands Against Hunger of Cincinnati is a program of A Child's Hope Int'l and therefore, as a donor, your contributions are fully tax-deductible to the amount allowed by law.
When are you open?Volunteers are welcome to the "Factory" to serve anytime when a Public Session is scheduled. A list of those Public Session dates can be found on this web site. Generally, Public Sessions are scheduled every two weeks. The food needs around the world warrant production every day! As much as we would like to be open weekdays and every Saturday, we are limited by donations and funding.
Are you a faith based organization?We are asked frequently this question and it means different things to different people. A Child's Hope Int'l was established as a Christian organization dedicated to helping children and honoring Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. It does not mean we are part of a specific church or denomination. We do, however, trust (in faith) that God will provide what we need to help the children. We do what we do (in faith) to honor the One who has given us abundant life now and for eternity. In these cases it is obvious that we are faith based. Please know that A Child's Hope International and our Hands Against Hunger operation rely upon the faithful gifts of donors to complete our mission. We affirm our Christian principles and do not deny our spiritual heritage.
As a Christian organization, do you require the children you feed to be Christians?No. A Child's Hope Int'l was founded on Christian principles. Those principles remain true today. It is because of and through the love of Jesus Christ that we do what we do. We affirm all people, all volunteers and welcome everyone to be a part of redeeming the life of a hungry child.
Do you require that your volunteers be Christians?Absolutely not. We love to have people of all faiths and no faith serve at the "Factory". Our common humanity and concern for the children who suffer is what brings us together. At the same time, we do not want our volunteers to be surprised by the expression of our faith or guiding principles.
What types of people volunteer to package the food?Our volunteers come from all age groups and walks of life. Individuals and groups from churches, synagogues, schools, social clubs, businesses, senior centers and civic groups are common sources of volunteers for packaging our food. Some of the best volunteer experiences come when children, parents and grandparents work together as a family. Schools and corporations often do packaging with us as a community service event.  
How do organizations apply for food assistance?The magnitude of the need far outstrips our supply ability. As such, we have to be very pragmatic and diligent in assessing each opportunity to help the children of the world. Specific details about the approval process and how to apply are explained in detail on this web site.
Who We Help
Application for Food Aid
Where is the food delivered?Approximately 40% of the locations are within the United States. This includes the Cincinnati FreeStore FoodBank, Reach Out Lakota, Wilmington, OH ( a city of high unemployment) as well as area food pantries which would be considered local. Our regional reach includes high poverty areas of Appalachia in Kentucky, as well as states and cities hard hit by natural disasters (i.e. tornadoes, storms, etc). Our local and regional distribution is clearly very important as we look forward to serving Americans in our country. Approximately 90% of our volume is delivered internationally to impoverished countries like Haiti, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Swaziland, Zambia and Kenya.
How does the food get to hungry children?For local and regional distribution, we deliver the food in our truck or work with credible and trusted groups (i.e. Project 52 Foundation) who delivers the food directly to food pantries, etc. At no time is the food distributed on the street or left in boxes for undefined use. International shipments are managed with our distribution partners (i.e. World Help, Children's Hopechest, Lifeline Christian Mission, FOCAS, etc)
How can I donate?The easiest way is to donate online using a checking account, credit or debit card. See the Help Us option at the top of the web site
Do you need help other than with food?Absolutely! There are a myriad of ways to be involved from food production to office work. See the Help Us optionl
Can we bring our children?Please do. One of our goals was to be a "family friendly" ministry allowing people of all ages to particpate.
I am in wheelchair, can I help?Yes. You can volunteer in a food production or guest service capacity that is suitable for your comfort.
I am allergic to peanuts, should I be concerned?No. there are no peanuts or nuts used in the food production process. However, people with sensitivities to soy or dried vegetables may experience
What makes A Child's Hope Int'l different?We are actively engaged in caring for the fatherless, the orphan as well as the marginalized child suffering from hunger, thirst and poverty.
I heard that you pray during the packing sessions at the "factory". Is that true?The founder of the organization does share his personal faith story with people that come to volunteer. He has been known on occasion to pray for the session and the people who have come.
Is A Child's Hope Int'l a non profit ?Yes. We are an accredited non-pprofit charitable organization registered with the IRS and the State of Ohio.
Are you approved by the Better Business Bureau?Yes. We are not only approved by them but the ECFA and others as well.

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