Sponsor a Child

Your gift of $38 each month will bring hope and change to a sponsored child's life and community. Through your sponsorship, you'll help Food for the Hungry assist your child's entire community to provide food, a better education, clean water and medical treatment to its children.

How is Food for the Hungry helping?


Why sponsor a child with Food for the Hungry?

When you sponsor a child through Food for the Hungry, you join FH in walking with that child—along with the child’s family and community—as they move from struggling to thriving. Through consistent monthly support, letters and prayers—you and your sponsored child build a relationship that makes a lasting difference.

Your $38-a-month gift of sponsorship is life-changing!

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 (FH) 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.

Your sponsorship will connect you with a child who is suffering from physical and spiritual hungers and give you the opportunity to build a relationship with your sponsored child through letter writing. We know this experience will be mutually transformational.

When you partner with FH through child sponsorship, your monthly gift equips us to help that child’s community tackle their biggest obstacles.  We meet their most basic needs through resources such as clean water, medical aid, food, equal educational opportunities to girls and boys, vocational training and empowerment in the midst of unimaginable hardships.

Questions You May Have Before You Sponsor a Child

How long does sponsorship last?

Children in the child sponsorship program are between the ages of 5 and 21. We allow children who started school late to stay in the program until age 21. When you choose a child to sponsor, that child will remain in the program as long as they remain in school and in the community, or until the community graduates from the program. Your monthly donation helps to provide for that child during that month. If you choose to stop your sponsorship at any time, just let us know. We’ll find another sponsor. If the child graduates from the program, ages out, leaves the community or the community graduates, we can help you choose another child to sponsor.


Can I visit the child?

Yes. You are more than welcome to visit your sponsored child. Please give us a call to find out how this is possible.


How do we select the communities?

Food for the Hungry selects communities based on greatest need and the willingness of the community to participate in their own development. We purposely seek out some of the world’s hardest places because that’s where we feel we are called to serve.


How often will I hear about the child? And from the child?

When you sponsor a child, you will receive an initial welcome package that includes a letter from our president, a video that will acquaint you with sponsorship and information about the child. Throughout the year, you will also receive updates, prayer and praise requests from the areas your sponsored child lives, along with a Christmas card from your sponsored child. Your sponsored child will respond to up to four letters you send during the year.


Can I send gifts to my child?

Yes, but with limits. We welcome such gifts that can fit into a standard envelope, such as bookmarks, stickers and paper dolls, but cannot accept anything bigger. Elaborate gifts can set your child up for jealousy within the community, or even a feeling of dependency on you rather than their parents.


Does the money go directly to the child/family?

No. Your child sponsorship payments are leveraged with the donations of other sponsors to make your sponsored child’s community a healthy place to grow up. Food for the Hungry works with churches, leaders and families to develop transformational solutions to the community’s biggest obstacles. Our programs equip your sponsored child’s family to adequately provide for needs such as education, health and nutrition.


What does the $38 a month provide for the child?

Through our programs, your sponsored child will have access to things like clean water, an education, improved healthcare and better nutrition. Your monthly pledge provides resources to empower the community to better care for its families and children.


Is this a real child/how many sponsors does each child have?

Food for the Hungry child sponsorship pairs a single child with a single sponsor. As long as you continue your monthly sponsorship, no one else will sponsor that child.


Can I have communication with my child?

Absolutely! We encourage you to write to your sponsored child. Through consistent monthly support, letters, and prayers—you and your sponsored child build a relationship that ministers to both of you. Your sponsored child’s community will also experience lasting change.

“Sponsorship was life-changing. It was like bringing light and hope into my heart.”