Who We Serve

We serve hungry people all around the world.

 People in Our Neighborhoods

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MftH/Annual Hunger Fight in Des Moines

Hunger isn’t just in the lives of children and families far away. Too many Iowans go to bed and wake up hungry every day. A study by Feeding America reports:

  • 1 in 9 Iowans struggle with hunger
  • 1 in 7 Iowa children don’t have enough to eat
  • Approximately 326,000 Iowans live at or below poverty level

People Across the Nation

Hunger impacts many in the United States. “When hunger threatens the future of a child, it threatens the future of our nation as well.” (Feeding America, 2014, 2018)

  • 13 million children live in food-insecure households.
  • 20% or more of the child population in 16 states live in food-insecure households.
  • New Mexico (25.6%) and Mississippi (24.4%) have the highest rates of food-insecure children.

People Around the World

MftH/Children in Haiti

The majority of the world’s hungry live in developing countries, where an estimated 780 million people were undernourished in 2014. (FAO, 2015)

  • 1 in 4 people remain undernourished in sub-Sahara regions of Africa – with about 220 million hungry people.
  • Around 100 million children in developing countries are underweight.
  • 66 million children attend school hungry.


Where our meals go


We send food to locations where we’re positive it will get distributed into the right hands. With careful attention to the social and political restrictions throughout the world, these are the areas our food is currently distributed:

Global distribution: South Africa, Haiti, Ghana, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Antigua, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands, Turks and Caicos Islands, Honduras, Mexico, Tanzania, Ukraine and others

Domestic distribution: DMARC, Backpack Buddies, Food Bank of Southern Iowa, HACAP Food Reservoir, Heart of Mary Catholic Cluster, JOPPA, Midwest Food Bank (Illinois and Arizona), NE Iowa Food Bank, Salvation Army, Community Pantry in Gallup, New Mexico

To learn more about hunger in the United States please visit Feeding America.  To learn more about world hunger, visit World Hunger Education Service.