Founded in 2003 by Executive Director Pam Koner, Family-to-Family is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit national hunger, literacy and poverty-relief organization dedicated to providing food, personal hygiene products, books and other basic life necessities to American families struggling with the challenges of poverty.
Our mission is to ease the burden of hunger and poverty by facilitating one-to-one connections between families with ‘enough to share’ and impoverished American families with profoundly less. Connecting donors with specific families in need through a constellation of family-friendly, hands-on giving programs, Family-to-Family provides individuals, employees, families and children from all economic walks of life with concrete ways to “share their bounty” that actively encourage empathy and compassion. Giving opportunities include sponsoring a family with monthly groceries, providing a book-hungry classroom with a book each month, stuffing holiday stockings and more.
By connecting each donor family with a specific recipient family for our Sponsor A Family, Sponsor A Veteran, Sponsor A Refugee Family and Sponsor A Holocaust Survivor hunger relief programs, we bring large and seemingly intractable problems into personal focus, making concrete and meaningful results possible one family or one individual at a time.
The families we help are living at or below the poverty line, often in communities with high levels of unemployment, significant percentages of residents without high school degrees, and low per capita incomes.
Where We Help – Our Footprint is National
During the first few years of operation, Family-to-Family focused its efforts on rural communities where a large percentage of families with children lived below the poverty level, and where there wasn’t reliable access to social service assistance. These communities were underserved by schools, private social service organizations and government aid programs, and often lacked connections with informal helping networks like women’s and church groups. Some lacked even the most basic infrastructure such as a supermarket, pharmacy, or bank.
In 2007 Family-to-Family expanded its model to include impoverished urban communities where many working poor were increasingly unable to meet their basic nutritional needs, and where, at the same time, food pantries were turning families away as the economy worsened and a greater demand for food was put on them.
In 2017 we added Sponsor A Refugee and Sponsor A Holocaust Survivor to our sponsorship programs, and in 2018, Sponsor A Veteran. In addition to these core family sponsorship programs, F-to-F has created a constellation of additional giving opportunities, all designed to provide kids, families and adults with meaningful, hands-on giving experiences.
Courtesy Chang W. Lee —The New York Times