1971

Dr. Larry Ward starts Food for the Hungry. The name was inspired by Psalm 146:7

  1. 1971

    Dr. Larry Ward starts Food for the Hungry. The name was inspired by Psalm 146:7

  2. 1976

    FH launched massive assistance program for earthquake survivors in Guatemala.

  3. 1978

    Ward and colleagues purchased a boat to assist Vietnamese refugees adrift in South China Sea.

  4. 1980

    FH begins long-term missionary program called Hunger Corps.

  5. 1978

    FH launches child sponsorship program. People like you are changing lives when you sponsor a child.

  6. 1984

    Founder Larry Ward retires from FH. Dr. Tetsunao Yamamori becomes President of Food for the Hungry.

  7. 1982

    FH provides assistance to refugees in Poland.

  8. 1994

    Field work begins in Honduras. FH provides relief to earthquake survivors in Los Angeles, Calif.

  9. 1992

    FH responds to drought in Kenya.

  10. 1996

    FH starts child-headed household program for orphans in Rwanda.

  11. 2000

    FH responds to near famine conditions in Ethiopia. Provides Emergency Relief to flood survivors in Mozambique.

  12. 1997

    Artist Program launched to raise sponsorship for children around the world.

  13. 2003

    Founder Dr. Larry Ward dies on October 25, 2003.

  14. 2001

    Responds to September 11 attacks in New York. Provides emergency relief to El Salvador, India and Afghanistan.

  15. 2004

    FH responds to survivors of the Indonesia tsunami that killed more than 280,000 people.

  16. 2005

    FH responds to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

  17. Present

    Savings groups in Bangladesh are helping women start businesses to leave poverty and injustice behind.

  18. 2011

    FH emergency relief unit worked in Japan to help survivors after the damages from the tsunami and earthquake.

  19. Present

    FH trains farmers to use plants that do well in harsh climates and agricultural techniques that develop large crop yields.

  20. Present

    FH care groups reduce child mortality in communities by as much as 62 percent.

  21. Present

    FH works with communities throughout the world to provide clean water solutions.

  22. Present

    FH works with churches, leaders and families in communities worldwide to bring Christ’s love and truth.

  23. Present

    You can take your place in FH history by supporting our work.

Food for the Hungry was founded in 1971 by Dr. Larry Ward. Like many of us, he felt pain for the thousands of children dying each day from hunger. After praying, he held to the simple premise that “they die one at a time, and so we can help them one at a time.” Here are highlights of Food for the Hungry’s history from relief work in 1971 to our present work with people like you who sponsor a child.