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Hunger Relief International

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Hunger Relief International
TypeNonprofit 501(c)(3)
FocusDelivers food, medical & hygiene services, and other necessities to children and families in communities lacking these items due to poverty, famine, war, or natural disasters.
HeadquartersOklahoma City, Oklahoma
Area served
International: Guatemala & Haiti

Hunger Relief International, established in 2009 with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is a non-profit Judeo-Christian relief organization focused on alleviating child hunger and poverty in impoverished nations. HRI provides nutrition, child protection and health services (medical, hygiene, water & sanitation), as well as much-needed family empowerment, self-sufficiency, leadership & entrepreneurship training to help lift whole communities out of poverty.:[1]

International Programs[edit]

Since its founding, HRI has provided much-needed food and essential services to children and families in impoverished communities and natural disaster zones of Guatemala and Haiti.

In 2017 HRI served[2]

  • 1,752,000 nutritious meals
  • 10,000 people fed, including 2,500+ children
  • 1,500 child medical evaluations
  • 500 personal hygiene kits distributed
  • 400 more people now have clean & safe drinking water
  • 200 training sessions for young adults, caregivers and mothers
  • 121 children provided with safe shelter
  • 8 new kitchens built, benefiting 300 children


In recent decades, political corruption and several major earthquakes have decimated the island nation of Haiti. Following a devastating 2010 earthquake which resulted in 750,000 orphans in need, HRI and partners led an initiative to provide nutrition, education, and sanitation to provide transformation within the small island nation.[3]


Three-decades after ending a bloody, 36-year-long civil war, many rural Guatemalans still suffer from immense poverty, lack of vital infrastructure and education. In an effort to alleviate suffering, HRI sought to provide for the poorest communities and villages with clean water and fuel-efficient cooking stoves. Along with their partners, HRI provided 20 fuel efficient stoves to feed over 600 people in just one village, and also paid for a regular, weekly water delivery truck to provide fresh drinking water to villagers in La 46 and neighboring Los Chilitos.[4] Despite being a tropical nation, natural disasters and extreme poverty can create water shortages.


Hunger Relief International CEO & Executive Director, Rachel Zelon, formerly served as Vice President of International Programs for Feed the Children (FTC) and Vice President of US & International Operations for the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS).[5] She is an active contributor and member of the Forbes Nonprofit Council.[6]


2017 Donations: $922,046.

In 2018, HRI was given the Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar USA, a philanthropy accountability organization which rates & verifies charitable organizations' financial and operational transparency.[7]

HRI was rated a top 2018 nonprofit by GreatNonProfits.org.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. "HRI - About Us". HRI. HRI. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  2. "2018 HRI Review" (PDF). Hunger Relief International. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  3. "Compassionate Causes". C3 Global. C3 Global. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  4. "Cookies, Water, Stoves and Corn". Jewish Helping Hands. Jewish Helping Hands. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  5. "CNN Newsnight with Aaron Brown: Special Thanksgiving Edition". CNN. CNN. Retrieved 25 November 2004.
  6. "Directory". Forbes Nonprofit Council. Forbes. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  7. "Hunger Relief Internaional - GuideStar Profile". GuideStar. GuideStar USA. Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  8. "Hunger Relief International Review by GreatNonProfits". Great Nonprofits. Great Nonprofits. Retrieved 4 September 2018.

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