Children’s Hunger Fund was founded by Dave Phillips in 1991 to equip local churches around the world for gospel-centered mercy ministry. As Dave and his family visited poverty-stricken areas in multiple countries, he recognized the impact these experiences were having on his children. He felt burdened to develop an experience where every child in America might be able to witness, even on a small scale, what millions of children around the world face each day. The mission of Poverty Encounter is to open guests’ eyes to the realities of poverty and inspire a biblical response to suffering. Poverty Encounter opened at the Los Angeles distribution center in December 2018.