Established in 1984, Feed the Hungry San Miguel is an independent non-governmental and not-for-profit organization committed to improving the health and well-being of children and their families in the greater San Miguel de Allende municipality in central Mexico. We currently operate a combination of poverty alleviation programs that serve thousands of children and their families through school meals, nutrition education, support for pre-school age children, support for families at high risk of starvation, and cooperative programs with other NGOs and charities.
Donations are tax-deductible for U.S., Mexico and Canada (through our partnership with Amistad Canada).
OUR ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE
- Feed the Hungry San Miguel, Inc. is a USA-registered charitable corporation that sets policy and raises funds to maintain the operating program. The Board of Trustees is all volunteer. A volunteer Advisory Council offers advice and provides assistance to the Board of Trustees.
- Feed the Hungry A.C. is a Mexican registered charitable company (Asociación Civil) that manages the operating program and allows for tax-deductible donations (donataria autorizada) for Mexican taxpayers. An all-volunteer Board of Trustees proposes operating budgets, manages finances, and directs operations. It also maintains contact and compliance with governing Mexican entities.
The Feed the Hungry A.C. Meals Program Director manages operations for meals programs and educational programs. The staff of 11 employees includes 5 kitchen supervisors, 1 head chef, 1 nutrition manager, 1 program administrator, 1 warehouse manager, 1 maintenance person, and 1 cleaning person. Additionally, 24 hired cooks are supported by 56 volunteer moms who operate our school kitchens.
We successfully operate a complicated enterprise and do so without a paid Executive Director. This is highly unusual for an operation of our size. We are successful due to the fact that we have an active, hands-on professional (and uncompensated) Board of Trustees.
Operational efficiencies, volunteer power, and strong local relationships enable us to maintain the cost of a fresh, well- balanced school meal at just 55 cents (US). US$20 buys 36 meals to feed 2 children for a month. US$200 buys 360 meals to feed 2 children for an entire school year.
Our budget is almost entirely supported by gifts from donors. We plan to maintain at least two years’ worth of operating expenses in our endowment fund.
Feed the Hungry San Miguel started as a small, informal charitable organization in 1984. See the timeline below for how we have grown and adapted to change over the past many years!
We started as a small informal charitable organization. We currently operate a combination of poverty alleviation programs that serve thousands of elementary children and their families. We operate primary school kitchens located in 36 rural communities within the municipality of San Miguel de Allende.
(Note: The figures in parentheses next to the named school kitchens reflect the school population of that school at the time the kitchen was opened.
— Our Mission
Feed the Hungry San Miguel is committed to improving the health and well-being of the children of San Miguel de Allende by alleviating hunger through school meals, family nutrition education, and community development programs.
To see Feed the Hungry San Miguel in action, check out our YouTube video.