World Hunger Relief


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?
Other FAQs

What is World Hunger Relief?

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, nearly 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.


What is the World Food Programme (WFP)?

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.


Why join forces with WFP? (and not another hunger relief organization?)

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


Why are we concerned with the crisis of world hunger?

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.


Is my donation tax deductible? How do I get a receipt for tax purposes? (U.S.)

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 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.


Is my donation tax deductible? How do I get a receipt for tax purposes? (outside U.S.)

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.


What is Yum! Brands?

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has approximately 40,000 restaurants in more than 130 countries and territories. Yum! Brands is ranked #201 on the Fortune 500 List with revenues of over $13 billion in 2012 and in 2013 was named among the top 100 Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The Company's restaurant brands - KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell - are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Outside the United States, the Yum! Brands system opened on average over five new restaurants per day in 2012, making it a leader in international retail development.


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).


Other important FAQs:

How does WFP help hungry people around the world?
What is the difference between WFP and WFP USA?
How is WFP USA funded?
How is my donation used?
How can I make my donation for a specific country/program/region?
How can I make an automatically recurring donation?
How can I make a donation in memory or in honor of someone?
Does WFP USA. share or sell the names of donors or those on its mailing list?
How can I obtain WFP USA's financial information?
Can I donate food or other supplies?
Can I volunteer with WFP USA?
What can I do besides donate money to help WFP and WFP USA in their efforts?


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