For child safety purposes: When you communicate with your sponsored child, it is important that all communication goes through the Food for the Hungry main office for review. For your and your sponsored child’s safety, we do not support contact with your sponsored child through social media or other means such as email or phone. Writing letters is the best way for you to encourage and inspire your sponsored child!
What to Include in Your Letters to Sponsored Children
When writing to your sponsored child, be sure to keep your messages upbeat and encouraging. You can share about your family and the activities you enjoy. Remind your sponsored child they are special, loved, smart, and full of potential. Tell your sponsored child you care about them, and that’s why you’re their sponsor. You can also ask your sponsored child what they like to do, and ask about their family. If you pray for your sponsored child and their family regularly, tell them so.
You can even send along photos or items such as bookmarks, coloring pages, or flat paper items in your letter. You could share a photo of yourself or your family! Read our gift policy here.
To a child, letters and photos from their sponsor are so meaningful. It is amazing how even a short note can be a great encouragement! You can write a letter and mail it to FH to translate and deliver to your sponsored child. Or you can write your sponsored child online, and we will translate and send it to your sponsored child.
Where to Mail Letters
Food for the Hungry
Attn: Child Sponsorship Department
1224 E. Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85034
Please include your sponsored child’s ID# on both the letter and envelope.
For the safety of your sponsored child and your family, please do not include any of the following in your letters:
- Your home address or other identifying information such as an email address or phone number.
- Food, money, toys, school supplies, or personal care items.
- Photos that show your pets, since dogs, pigs, and other animals are considered unclean in many other cultures.
Writing to Children in Sensitive Communities
You can help keep sponsored children and their families safe by communicating in culturally-appropriate ways. This includes exercising caution in how you talk about faith with sponsored children who live in religiously “sensitive communities.” We call a community “sensitive” when its culture or laws make traditional evangelism ineffective, illegal, or even dangerous. If your letters include references that would pose a threat to your sponsored child or their family, FH staff will reach out to you and remove inappropriate references.
Learn more about writing to children in sensitive communities in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, and Vietnam.
You can always write to your sponsored child about your family and remind them that they are special and ask your sponsored child questions so you can learn more about them.
Sharing Online About Your Sponsored Child
We encourage you to share with your friends on social media about your experience sponsoring a child. You can share photos of the letters you receive from your sponsored child, or of the mail we send you. Please use only the child’s first name, and please share in a way that is mindful and respectful of child safety. Here are some posts that other sponsors have shared. We love to see your posts, so please tag us.
So thankful that we were able to sponsor a second child through Food for the Hungry this week! We’re looking forward to sponsoring more children soon and can’t wait to give our second annual Christmas gift this month.
Today, I met my sponsored child, Joseph, in his community in Uganda. Joseph is a 10-year-old boy who captured my heart. I hope to come back to his community again in the future as this experience has been an incredible blessing and one that I will never forget!
I have sponsored a child through Food for the Hungry for a few years now. My sponsored child is a 12-year-old girl from Bolivia. Rosa and I exchanged letters and she seems to be doing really well in school. I love that I can help her, her family, and their community with such a small amount each month. I thank God for allowing me to do this.
Visiting Your Sponsored Child
Sponsors interested in meeting their sponsored child should call our donor engagement team at 1.866.307.3259 to plan a visit to the child’s community. We will ensure the visit occurs in a way that protects both people in FH communities and FH supporters.