What is World Hunger Relief?
What is the World Food Programme (WFP)?
Why join forces with WFP?
Why are we concerned with the crisis of world hunger?
Are my contributions tax deductible? (U.S.) (outside U.S.)
What is Yum! Brands?
Do any restaurants receive any portion of my donation?
Yum! and its brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) created World Hunger Relief to highlight and drive action in the movement to end world hunger by increasing awareness, raising money for United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and other hunger relief agencies around the globe, and encouraging volunteerism.
Since Yum! Brands’ World Hunger Relief launched in 2007, 1.5 million of the Company’s employees, franchisees and their families have volunteered millions of hours to aid hunger relief efforts in communities worldwide. The effort has raised $150 million for WFP and other hunger relief organizations and is helping to provide 600 million meals and save the lives of millions of people in remote corners of the world.
Yum! is also addressing hunger across the U.S. through its Harvest program. Since its launch over two decades ago, Harvest has become the largest prepared-food donation program in the world. Through Harvest, Yum! has donated nearly 160 million pounds of food, with a value of more than $700 million, to those at risk of hunger in the U.S. The Company also has been the primary sponsor of the Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville for 11 years, and has donated over $11 million to this local agency.
We understand, however, that hunger has no borders. Hunger affects nearly one billion people around the world every day. As the world’s largest restaurant company, addressing the issue of hunger on a global scale is a natural fit. We reached out to the world’s largest hunger relief agency, and subsequently, our senior executives made visits to WFP operations in Sudan and Guatemala. After seeing WFP in action, we were compelled to create an unprecedented, globally-focused effort to raise awareness about hunger and raise funds to help feed the hungry poor by donating to WFP. With your help, we can make a huge impact and help end hunger around the world for the second year. Together we can help significantly in bridging the gap between hunger and hope.
WFP is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide. Each year, on average, WFP feeds more than 90 million people in more than 70 countries.
WFP’s life-saving programs provide safety nets and mother-child health programs in extreme situations. They are not just providing a hand out, but rather a hand up:
- helping villages and communities lift themselves from chronic malnutrition by helping build infrastructures (roads, bridges, schools, medical clinics) in exchange for food.
- providing food and resources to build self-sustaining communities in the most impoverished corners of the world.
- provide school feeding, using as platform for nutritional interventions.
World Food Programme has the resources and track record of making a tremendous impact in hunger relief all around the world. WFP has helped in recent crises such as:
- Earthquake victims in Haiti
- Flood survivors in Nepal
- Cyclone Nargis survivors in Myanmar
- Hurricane Felix survivors in Nicaragua
- Peru earthquake survivors
- Refugees from the Darfur region
The core philanthropic mission of Yum! Brands is to feed people in need. As the world’s largest restaurant company, Yum! Brands and our restaurants have a long history of fighting hunger in the United States. Yum! and our brands have been committed to fighting hunger for more than a decade by donating over 148 million pounds of food, with a value of over $650 million, to those at risk of hunger in the United States. Yum! also has been the primary sponsor of the Dare to Care Food Bank in Louisville, KY for 10 years, and has donated nearly $10 million to this local agency.
We recognize the crisis of hunger extends far beyond the U.S. and we are obligated by a sense of responsibility to end hunger in the communities in which we live and work, and for the greater good of the world entirely. The power and reach of our global system of restaurants, committed franchisees, employees and vendors enables us to interact with millions of customers every day. We have an amazing opportunity to engage millions of people to join us in a unique global movement to end world hunger.
Donations to WFP U.S.A. are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. As a United Nations agency, donations made directly to WFP are generally not tax-deductible for US tax payers; WFP U.S.A. cannot provide a tax receipt for gifts made directly to WFP headquarters in Rome or via wfp.org. It is always advisable to check with your own financial or tax advisor.
We acknowledge all donations with a letter that can be used as a tax receipt. If you make your donation online, you will receive the acknowledgment letter immediately; please print it for your records. Donations sent by mail generally are acknowledged within 2-4 weeks.
Donations made directly to the World Food Programme may not be tax deductible in your country of residence. Laws regarding contributions to United Nations agencies vary from country to country. WFP has partnered with several organizations around the world to provide tax deductibility for donors. More information and a list of tax-deductible opportunities is listed on the WFP Tax Deductibility page.
Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 41,000 restaurants in more than 125 countries and territories. Yum! Brands is ranked #228 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of more than $13 billion and in 2014 was named among the 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine and one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. Our restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories.
Does Yum! Brands or any of its restaurants (KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell) receive any of my donation?
No. Your donation goes directly to feeding people who would otherwise be faced with the possibility of not having anything to eat. Funds donated by customers during World Hunger Relief will directly support the greatest needs of WFP's food relief programs in the least developed nations around the world. The Yum! Foundation will make a matching contribution of all consumer funds raised during World Hunger Relief to cover WFP's global administrative fees (up to $1.5 million).