Disaster Response

It’s not OK!

It’s not OK that when an unforeseen disaster strikes, people living in extreme poverty are the ones who suffer most. They’re faced with unimaginable hardships, are left without the resources they need to rebuild their communities and often struggle for basic needs such as food and water. FH works with local governments, other NGO’s, and our exceptional emergency response team to bring restoration and hope to those affected by natural disasters or living amidst violence, war, famine and other crisis situations.

How we Serve During a Disaster

When disaster strikes, lives depend on our ability to respond swiftly and efficiently. That’s why we always seek to respond to emergency situations in collaboration with strategic alliances and partners, such as the Integral Alliance.This allows us to be the most effective in our urgent response to disaster situations. When a disaster strikes in areas where Food for the Hungry works, our Emergency Response Unit is quick to respond and get on the ground in the affected area. We work with local partners to determine the most urgent needs, which are usually food distribution, access to clean water, infrastructure stabilization, safe spaces for children and medical aid.


At Food for the Hungry (FH), we know that impoverished communities often suffer the most from the effects of disasters, shocks, and other stresses. This is why our disaster response model includes a risk and resilience plan for each community where we work.


During Phase 1 of our relationship with a community, we seek to walk with them as we listen, learn, and assess potential risks. We want to understand the needs and challenges of the community, including how they impact the children. To help our field staff design and implement interventions, our Relief and Humanitarian Affairs team has identified three key strategies:

Design and implementation of development projects that address disaster risk reduction and resilience.

  • Review current programming and future proposals for disaster risk reduction and resilience
  • Consider existing plans and support projects in those plans that require outside support
  • Integrate disaster risk reduction and resilience in the overarching country strategy

Increase community and household capacity for disaster risk reduction and resilience.

  • Facilitate the developed plan with community leaders
  • Help families create household level plans and activities that support the community plan.

Increase capacity of FH fields to respond to natural disasters and other emergencies, when the crisis surpasses the community’s ability to respond.

  • Respond in alignment with disaster risk reduction and promote resilience in the midst of the crisis
  • Vary response specifics from country to country, depending on the hazards, vulnerabilities, and context of the communities and households where FH is working.

Serving Refugees Since 1971

Food for the Hungry was founded as an organization seeking to serve the refugee. Today, we strive to maintain that legacy.

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