In 1979, the plight of hungry children was brought home to Larry Jones, a minister attending a conference in Haiti. There, he met a young boy named Jason, who had not eaten all day and was asking for a few pennies so that he could buy a piece of bread. Jones bought the boy a roll, some butter and a soft drink, and then marveled that this young man was starving while grain was rotting back in the U.S. due to a lack of market for its growers.
Sitting at his kitchen table with wife, Frances, they decided to form an organization that would bring that surplus food to the world’s hungry, and farmers began to dump bags of grain in the driveway of the Jones’ Oklahoma City home. From that humble beginning, Feed The Children was born and now 30 years later, the nonprofit organization has grown into one of the largest non-governmental supported aid groups in the U.S.
Jason, the young boy who inspired help for the world’s hungry, kept in touch with the Jones’ and Feed The Children throughout the years. But after rising out of poverty and starting his own career as a minister, Jason died last year in his native country.
Still, his spirit lives on in the symbol of Feed The Children – a young boy with a bowl reaching up to implore the world to answer his plea for food. Since that first encounter in 1979, Feed The Children has worked in 118 countries and in all 50 states in the United States, providing help to millions of people along the way.
Now, with six distribution centers in the U.S. and international operations on five continents, Feed The Children provides food for more than 800,000 meals each day worldwide. Feed The Children is also a first-responder in natural disasters, having provided almost 700 trucks of food and supplies to victims of Hurricane Katrina, and millions of dollars of aid to those affected by the Asian Tsunami.
Currently, Feed The Children is focused on communities affected by the recent economic downturn in the U.S., where 89 percent of its overall work is done. The second stop of the Americans Feeding America caravan is set for March 10 in Elkhart, IN, where 13 truckloads of food and personal care items will be delivered to children and families devastated by job layoffs in the Michiana area.
Founded in 1979 by Larry and Frances Jones, Feed The Children is consistently ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. In FY 2007, Feed The Children distributed more than 135 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally, supplementing almost 800,000 meals each day. For more information, please visit: