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Food for the Hungry

CharityWatch report issued
October 2022

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Food for the Hungry
1224 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85034-1102

Other Names


Tax Status




Stated Mission

An organization of Christian motivation committed to helping the poor and needy throughout the world, by generating cash and in-kind gifts, and fostering world hunger advocacy in the United States.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 09/30/2021

Program Percentage: 76%

The percentage of Food for the Hungry's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $23

How many dollars Food for the Hungry spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

25% to 49%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Food for the Hungry Audited Consolidated Financial Statements multiple
Food for the Hungry IRS Form 990 95-2680390
Entity: Food for the Hungry
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: multiple
Entity: Food for the Hungry
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 95-2680390

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Food for the Hungry
meets governance benchmarks.
Food for the Hungry
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
Privacy Policy
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Mark Viso President/CEO $346,349
2 Scott Lout Regional Director Africa $256,871
3 Craig Jaggers Asia Regional Director $250,121
Name: Mark Viso
Title: President/CEO
Compensation: $346,349
Name: Scott Lout
Title: Regional Director Africa
Compensation: $256,871
Name: Craig Jaggers
Title: Asia Regional Director
Compensation: $250,121

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

CharityWatch's rating of Food for the Hungry is for the 501(c)(3) public charity entity (tax ID #95-2680390). The rating does not include the financial activities of the related 501(c)(4) tax-exempt, social welfare organization, FH Association (tax ID #20-8424918).

According to the Food for the Hungry consolidated audit of September 30, 2021 (Note 1, Nature of Organization): "FH Association is a not-for-profit international association chartered in Switzerland on November 23, 2006. FH Association operates in Bangladesh, Bolivia, Burundi, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Kenya, Mozambique, Nicaragua, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, and other countries with smaller field operations."

CharityWatch separates the ratings for 501(c)(3) & 501(c)(4) organizations, even when they are included together in a consolidated audit, due to their differing treatments under the IRS tax code. For more information on this topic, please see our sections on Types of Non-Profits, Tax Status, and Treatment of Related Organizations, which can be found on the Our Process page.

According to the Food for the Hungry (FFTH) tax filing for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021, FFTH received donated in-kind goods on which it placed a total value of $18,086,497, including $10,543,907 in donated "Commodities" and $5,768,339 in donated drugs & medical supplies (IRS Form 990, Schedule M).

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to the Food for the Hungry (FH) consolidated audit of September 30, 2021 (Note 9, Loan Payable):

"Loan payable consists of a Paycheck Protection Program loan. The loan was fully forgiven during the year ended September 30, 2021 as FH met certain spending and employment thresholds in line with the criteria of the program. As a result a gain on extinguishment of debt was recorded on the [audited] consolidated statement of activities for $3,244,718, in which $3,204,643 is related to the principal and $40,075 is related to accrued interest, for the year ended September 30, 2021..."

According to the Food for the Hungry (FH) consolidated audit of September 30, 2021 (Note 16, Related Party Transactions):

"...FH paid approximately $8,000 and $55,000 to one board member for legal services rendered during the years ended September 30, 2021 and 2020, respectively. These services were not related to their duties as board members."

According to the Food for the Hungry (FH) consolidated audit of September 30, 2021 (Note 17, Risks and Uncertainties):

"In March of 2020, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) as a pandemic... COVID-19 has caused a severe negative impact on the world economy and has contributed to significant volatility in financial markets. The duration and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the effectiveness of government and central bank responses, remains unclear at this time. It is not possible to reliably estimate the duration and severity of these consequences, as well as their impact on the financial position and results of FH for future periods. Management is carefully monitoring the situation and evaluating its options as circumstances evolve."

According to the Food for the Hungry (FFTH) tax filing for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021, FFTH reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding severance or change-of-control payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, line 4a):  "Peter Horward [sic], Former CIOO, received salary continuation payments totaling $53,624."

[Peter Howard is reported as "(CIOO thru 8/2020) Former HCE," with total compensation of $152,224 in calendar year 2020 (Schedule J, Part II).]

Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, line 7):

"Non-fixed payments in the form of small discretionary bonuses were awarded by supervisors for employee recognition and for Milestone events. These are included in the annual budget approved by the Board."

FFTH reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments to five individuals in calendar year 2020. The individual "Bonus & incentive compensation" amounts were either $200, $150, or $100; the reported total compensation in 2020 for the five individuals ranged from $250,121 to $164,491 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).