About CARE


It Began With a CARE Package®

CARE Package®. You’ve heard the term. Maybe you sent one to your daughter or son in college. Maybe you received one from your own parents at camp. You might not remember what was in it, but you probably remember the love and connection you felt when you sent or received it.

What you may not know is that CARE coined the term "CARE Package" in 1945 when we started sending packages filled with food and other essentials to survivors of World War II.  Since then, our mission has grown from delivering food in boxes to delivering lasting change to the people who need it most.

Today’s CARE Package equips women and their families with the tools they need to create sustainable change and escape poverty for good. Instead of delivering powdered milk in boxes, we teach women to raise their own cows. Instead of sending notebooks and pencils, we train teachers, build schools and show parents how educating all of their children is the best investment they can make for their family’s health, prosperity and happiness.

Today’s CARE Package can’t be contained in a cardboard box and it has no expiration date. It delivers sustainable change to the world’s poorest people, and its contents never run out.

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The CARE Package®, Then & Now


Some of the early CARE Packages® included clothes for newborn babies, milk bottles and hygiene items such as soap, baby oil and cloth diapers.

This photograph shows a CARE package specifically for an infant. it includes clothing, cleaning, and care supplies.


CARE saves the lives of mothers and children in Ethiopia by helping remote communities provide quality pre-natal, post-partum and emergency obstetric care.

Misra with her three day old baby at Dil Chora Hospital.   Dil Chora provides emergency obstetric care. The clinical causes of most maternal deaths in Ethiopia include complications of pregnancy and childbirth. All of these complications are preventable but barriers to access emergency obstetric care - distance, cost, lack of trained attendants, or the social norms -- are the underlying causes of maternal death.


The early CARE Packages® included foods such as beef and gravy for survivors of World War II in Europe. The very first shipment of CARE Packages arrived at Le Havre, France, on May 11, 1946.

A man puts cans of food into a CARE package in the main packing plant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


CARE teaches women ranchers in Peru how to grow bigger, fatter cattle that earn them more money at market and assure their children won’t go hungry.

Lourdes Saavedra Pico, 39, president of the Cattle for Meat Working Table in the Puno Region and Treasurer of the Central Association of Agricultural, Cattle and Cattle-fattening Producers from the Province of Huancane. She is also president of her organization of cattle-fattening producers from Cucho Yanaoco.


Today’s CARE Package® has no expiration date.


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