Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

World Neighbors Becomes Unit of OKC-Based Feed the Children

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

World Neighbors Becomes Unit of OKC-Based Feed the Children

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The nonprofit World Neighbors organization has responded to financial problems by merging operations with Feed The Children, becoming a subsidiary of the Oklahoma City-based charity food distributor, officials said Tuesday.

"I don't think it's a hidden secret that the economy took a toll on them," said Kevin Hagan, Feed The Children chief executive. "We were trying to figure out ways we could work together so that we could both continue to accomplish our mission, and this seemed to make the most sense for both organizations.

"It allows a very large international organization like ourselves, with a large-scale administration, to gain a real level of business efficiency. The economy has made it really hard to manage day-to-day business," he said.

Under Feed The Children's umbrella, World Neighbors will continue to operate as a separate entity, providing food and other assistance to some of the poorest regions of the world, World Neighbors Vice President Erin Engelke said. The organization, founded in 1951, now serves more than 500,000 people across 11 countries.

Hagan and Engelke confirmed that all donations to World Neighbors will remain with that charity with no cross-organizational transfer of funds. Feed The Children will assume the responsibilities for all administrative support functions, including human resources, finance, information technology and marketing. In exchange for organizational support, World Neighbors will train the combined organizations' international staff of more than 750 and provide access to a wider distribution of services that complement Feed The Children's goals.

Feed The Children, founded in 1979, is now one of the largest charities based in the U.S., providing food and services to more than 350,000 children around the world daily. And in the United States, an estimated 10 million people receive assistance annually through more than 1,200 of Feed The Children's local partner agencies. …

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