Social Services

Children’s Hunger Fund plans relocation to Prosper

Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF), an international nonprofit organization dedicated to serving people living in poverty, announced the acquisition of land in the
Town of Prosper, near the Dallas North Tollway and First Street. With a relocation from nearby Frisco, the land will serve as the permanent home to an 86,000-square-foot facility that will house CHF’s ministry and volunteer operations in the North Texas region, including an immersive Poverty Encounter educational experience.

This transaction marks a major milestone in the organization’s priorities to resource more individuals, communities, and churches in the United States for effective and transformational ministry to underprivileged individuals.

“We are very excited to announce this incomparable opportunity to serve folks in need across North Texas from this new facility in Prosper,” CHF Founder and President Dave Phillips said. “After nearly a decade in Dallas and Frisco, we have watched this ministry flourish in North Texas, and this new acquisition of land represents a major step forward. We looked at dozens of options and had extensive discussions on several properties, but we believe this new home in the Town of Prosper is both an opened door and an answered prayer for the next chapter of our
work in Texas.”

Founded in 1991 and headquartered in Los Angeles, Children’s Hunger Fund works in 32 countries throughout the world, partnering with individuals, families, churches, and like-minded organizations to deliver food and resources to suffering children and families and foster faith relationships. CHF deploys a robust volunteer force to prepare and distribute its core product, the Food Pak. Food Paks are filled with non-perishable items that are distributed to every child in a household visited by CHF church partners domestically. Internationally, a larger-format Food Pak is delivered one per household. In the 2022-23 fiscal year alone, CHF distributed more than 120,000 Food Paks domestically, plus another nearly 200,000 internationally.

Rex Real Estate and Matthew Kiran were instrumental in identifying and securing the property in the Town of Prosper. The new facility is being designed by O’Brien Architects in Dallas, and a general contractor for the project should be announced in the next 30 days. Groundbreaking and construction is expected to begin in late 2024. CHF hopes to have the new facility complete and ready for move-in by early 2026. This will be a welcome and needed expansion from CHF’s current Frisco location, which comprises roughly 30,000 square feet. In addition to necessary
distribution space, highlights of the property will be a Poverty Encounter installation, meeting and training rooms, office space for up to 40 employees, and outdoor public spaces.

The inclusion of the immersive, award-winning Poverty Encounter experience will be a significant value-added feature of the property. Currently, the only Poverty Encounter experience is at the Los Angeles headquarters, designed with the help of Hollywood set design professionals and launched in 2018. Over the course of a nearly two-hour educational experience, groups of various sizes get an immersive, up-close look at extreme poverty in several different countries, and learn how CHF helps suffering children. Tours conclude with a service activity in CHF’s Volunteer Center.

While significant financial commitments to the new facility have been made, CHF acknowledges there is still work to be done. The expected cost of the project is $35 million, with $20 million still needing to be raised through an ongoing capital campaign. With the support of generous donors and community partners, CHF is confident in its ability to reach this goal and bring its vision to fruition.

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