The CARE Package Story

The extraordinary story of an ordinary box

After World War II, the original CARE Package harnessed the power of generosity in a box. Seventy years later, the CARE Package has evolved and today powers change in new, lasting ways for the people who need it most. 

A new type of CARE Package

The first CARE packages were filled with ingredients to make life-saving meals for survivors of WWII. 70 years later, CARE is delivering lasting change to the poorest countries around the world.

Show you CARE

Nothing says you CARE like a charitable gift that provides a communities worldwide with so much more. It’s a thoughtful way to show someone how they've inspired you to make a difference.

The Power of a Box

After World War II, CARE Packages® filled with food and supplies provided immediate relief to survivors. Seventy years later, what CARE does cannot be confined in a box. Today, CARE helps poor families and entire communities worldwide by giving them the tools and training they need to improve basic education, prevent the spread of deadly diseases and expand economic opportunities for good.

On The Occasion of Queen Elizabeth's Wedding

Gillian Roberts tells her story about receiving a "gift from America", a CARE Package, in 1947.

Original CARE Package: Paper & Pencils

Today, CARE delivers lasting change by helping communities create quality education opportunities for children.

Original CARE Package: SPAM

Today, CARE delivers lasting change by providing loans and helping women start businesses and gain independence.

Original CARE Package: A Midwifery Kit

Today, CARE delivers lasting change by helping women prepare for medical and other emergencies.

Original CARE Package: Food to War-Torn Europe

Today, CARE delivers lasting change by helping communities grow and sustain nutritious food in some of the most challenging environments in the world.

Original CARE Package: Farming Tools

Today, CARE delivers lasting change by training farmers on topics like fruit tree planting, animal raising and vegetable growing.

Behind the Veil

Learn about the project that helped one woman discover her lost identity, start a business and provide for her six children.

A Goat Can Make You Happy

We asked women what changes they wanted to see in their lives. Their answers might surprise you.

CARE Package 1

Today's CARE Package:

Food Baskets for a Displaced Family

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CARE Package 4

Today's CARE Package:

Scholarships to Attend Secondary School

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girls walking to school

CARE Package 2

Today's CARE Package:

Healthcare for Two Children

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a woman holds a baby in a clinic

CARE Package 3

Today's CARE Package:

Goats for Small Businesses

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a goat