My Sponsorship

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Thank you so much for choosing to sponsor a child with Food for the Hungry!

We’re praising God for your willingness to answer the call and serve a child whom you’ve never even met. Your generosity means another child can grow up healthy, educated and living in light of God’s purpose for their life. We believe that when a community is equipped to care for its most vulnerable members, everyone is served and poverty is eliminated. That’s why we seek to develop communities by focusing on children. Food for the Hungry has been walking with the world’s most vulnerable people for over 4 decades and we’ve learned that child sponsorship is one of the most successful ways for children, families and entire communities to rise up out of poverty and it’s only because of faithful partners like you!

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Frequently Asked Questions

I just attended an event and sponsored child, what’s next?

We’re thrilled that you chose to sponsor a child with Food for the Hungry. Here are a few simple steps you can take.

  • If you have already received your Welcome Kit in the mail, please create your account online by going to fh.org/account/create. This is where you can manage all your donations, update your personal profile, and make any necessary changes to financial or personal information. Please wait until you receive your Welcome Kit in the mail before establishing an online account.
  • Your Welcome Kit will also include stationery and a pre-addressed envelope. If you’ve received that already, feel free to write your first letter!
  • Pray! Now that you’ve chosen to sponsor a child, we hope that you’ll include them in your prayers.

I just sponsored a child online, what’s next?

We’re thrilled that you chose to sponsor a child with Food for the Hungry. Here are a few simple steps you can take.

  • Keep an eye on your mailbox. We'll be mailing you a Welcome Kit with more information about your sponsored child, the place they live and ways to connect with your sponsored child.
  • Write your sponsored child! You can submit a letter online. Your Welcome Kit will also include stationery and a pre-addressed envelope you can use to write your sponsored child.
  • Pray! Now that you’ve chosen to sponsor a child, we hope that you’ll include them in your prayers.

How do I write my child?

You can begin writing your sponsored child as soon as you’ve received your new sponsorship Welcome Kit in the mail. As a child sponsor, you’re not only helping to meet the physical needs of your child, but you also have a unique opportunity to inspire them. We hope that you’ll send love and encouragement to your sponsored child. Sending letters, cards or photos is the best way to do that.

Mail letters to:

Food for the Hungry
Attn: Child Sponsorship Department
1224 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
(Include your child’s ID# on both the letter and the envelope)

We will combine your letters with other sponsor letters and forward them to our field offices. Many of the FH communities are in remote areas so please note that it can take a few months for mail to reach your sponsored child and for the response letter to be translated and sent back to you.

Once you’ve received your new sponsorship Welcome Kit, you can also submit letters to your sponsored child electronically here.

How often can I expect communications from FH and my child?

We want you to feel informed and connected to your child, so we do our best to facilitate that relationship by providing you resources throughout the year. On average you can expect correspondence about every three months. These updates can include things like letters, updated photos or suggestions on ways you can be praying for your sponsored child. We’ll also send you other updates about the type of work we’re doing that impacts your sponsored child as well resources that provide fun ways for you to engage with and encourage your sponsored child.

In addition, we facilitate the communications to and from your child. When you write your child, you can expect a response letter, but please note that many of our communities are very remote and the process of forwarding, translating and mailing back and forth can take a few months.

Can I send gifts?

While giving a gift in some cultures can be a meaningful gesture, in many of the areas we work, sending gifts can cause jealousy and hostility between the children in the community. Therefore, we ask that you follow some simple guidelines when sending a gift to your sponsored child.

As a sponsor, the most meaningful gifts you can send are photos, letters and encouragement, but if you’d still like to send a little something extra, please consider things that are lightweight and small that can fit into a standard #10 size envelope with a value of less than $5 dollars.

Examples are:

  • Postcards
  • Stickers
  • Bookmarks
  • Paper dolls
  • Paper puzzles
  • Scrapbook items
  • Stationery

For an item to fit into a standard #10 envelope, it must be no greater than:

  • 6 – 1/8 inches in height
  • 11 – ½ inches in length
  • ¼ inch thick
  • 3.5 ounces in weight

Please DO NOT send any of the following items as our staff won’t be able to deliver them:

  • Books
  • Clothes
  • Toys
  • Jewelry
  • Food or Candy
  • Cash

*Please send no more than 6 items per mailing

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