FMSC's Sustainability Story

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FMSC's Sustainability Story

FMSC's Sustainability Story

My hand will sustain him; surely my arm will strengthen him.” –Psalm 89:21

Food assistance is a vital component in the difficult process of transitioning individuals, families and villages out of chronic hunger and poverty into self-sufficiency.

The world has a spectrum of food needs. Feed My Starving Children strives to serve each community according to its needs and resources, with the goal of helping people to thrive on their own.

Unlike crisis-driven relief agencies, we stay with communities for the long haul, helping them move from relief to rehabilitation to development.

FMSC believes in sustainability — we don’t simply send one shipment of food to a country. Instead, we continue to provide our mission partners with the food they need to maintain their feeding programs.

Those partners provide education, discipleship and more to the children who eat our food. We believe that relief remedies need to be coordinated closely with complementary programs that empower recipients to achieve self-reliance.

Three Approaches

1. MarketPlace

Feed My Starving Children established the FMSC MarketPlace™ to support self-sufficiency in communities receiving FMSC meals. For a fair wage, FMSC buys handmade goods from local artisans and then sells the items in our MarketPlace at packing sites, MobilePack™ events and online.


By doing so, we support the livelihoods of the artisans and promote economic growth in the community. Each purchase also provides funding for the nutritious ingredients served in each FMSC meal sent to over 70 countries worldwide.

2. Coalition of Relief Organizations Promoting Practical Solutions (CROPPS)

FMSC believes that when multiple organizations work together, the time it takes to transition from relief to family and community resiliency can be drastically reduced.

That’s why CROPPS was created with a goal to develop close working relationships between FMSC distribution partners working in the same country or region and other like-minded organizations including local churches and government agencies.


The partners are “implementers,” seeking opportunities to enhance their relief and development activities while others are “solution providers,” who are experts in safe water, subsistence agriculture, micro-finance, education and spiritual development.

3. Project-Based Food Assistance (PBFA)

In short-term, highly targeted projects, FMSC brings church, government, and community leaders together in a comprehensive campaign to eliminate hunger at its roots.

We believe that prescriptive application of food assistance for one to three years, in a clearly defined geographic area, will decrease hunger-related illness and financial burden on individuals and administering ministries.

By applying this concept, individuals and communities will become self-sufficient.


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