How Freedom from Hunger Began
The child of missionaries stationed in China at the turn of the century, Clinton saw people starve to death. They had tried everything to keep their families fed, but with no resources and no options, they slowly perished. For Clifford Clinton, the experience defined his life. During the Depression he became the owner of Clifton's Cafeterias in Southern California. He never turned anyone away because they couldn't pay for a meal. But he wanted to do more.
Although Clinton approached several government agencies and relief and welfare organizations, he was unsuccessful in persuading them to undertake the tremendous task of distributing MPF. As a result, Clinton, along with Dr. Borsook and a few California business associates, decided to incorporate their own non-profit. General Mills agreed to manufacture MPF on a massive scale and on July 5, 1946, the Meals for Millions Foundation was born. Its mission: relief and prevention of starvation. Its tool: Multi-Purpose Food, the "Friendship Food for a Hungry World."
As famine abated in the mid-1950s, Clifford Clinton began leading his organization away from relief and toward the prevention of chronic hunger--a condition that affects many more millions of people. Clinton was convinced that while food relief was essential as a stop-gap measure to fight starvation, chronic hunger and malnutrition required something more: self-help. As new self-help programs developed, MPF began a slow transition process.
In 1968, the American Freedom from Hunger Foundation sponsored its first "Walk for Development." It was an enormous success, drawing more than 3,000 participants, 650 of whom walked the entire 33 miles, through the streets of Fargo, North Dakota and Moorhead, Minnesota. Within a year, more than 100 "Walks" raised over $800,000 and involved over a million people in 16 states.
In 1987, the Meals for Millions entity was consolidated into the Freedom from Hunger operations to help meet the challenge of creating a world without hunger. Freedom from Hunger continues to provide the Meals for Millions charitable fundraising services. Today, Freedom from Hunger still follows the vision of its founder, using sound nutritional science to guide its programs, being mindful of scarce resources and, most of all, giving people resources to help themselves to a future free from hunger.
The Freedom from Hunger organization solicits donations through the Meals for Millions charitable fundraising service. Freedom from Hunger is a nonprofit, international, nongovernmental, nonsectarian organization classified by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) charity. All donations to Freedom from Hunger are fully tax-deductible. The name on your credit card statement will show up as Freedom from Hunger.
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