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Food For The Poor

Rating: 2.8 stars   49 reviews 13,313

Nonprofit Issues:

Philanthropy

Address:

6401 Lyons Road Coconut Creek FL 33073 USA

Mission:

Food For The Poor (FFP) ministers to spiritually renew impoverished people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Established in 1982 as a 501(c)(3)corporation, our goals are to improve the health, economic, social and spiritual conditions of the men, women and children we serve. Food For The Poor raises funds and provides direct relief assistance to the poor, usually by purchasing specifically requested materials and distributing them through the churches and charity organizations already operating in areas of need. In this way, the organization serves the poor with dignity and ensures the most appropriate use of donors’ funds. Our ministry reflects God’s unconditional love, which surrenders all, inspires trust and faith, and embraces all people regardless of race, status or creed.

Geographic areas served:

The Caribbean and Latin America

2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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954-427-2222
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

God bless the people at Food For the Poor. I have seen and experienced their generosity. For many years they have provided food to feed the poor and needy in a poor community where I lived in Jamaica. They also provided food, school supplies, toys, building materials and monetary contributions to help many schools provide a good education for needy families. Many of the schools including, the one I where I served as principal, depended on Food for the Poor to maintain their school feeding program. Therefore, I will always give and I encourage you to give to make a difference in the lives of the poor children around the world.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

If you look up this charity's rating, it's very good. Approximately 96 cents out of every dollar goes towards program expenses (i.e. feeding & housing the poor). It doesn't get any better than that. For those of you squawking about a 6 cents in the mail, it's called fundraising. They are using it to get attention and ultimately bring in more money than they spent which in turn allows them to serve more needy people. Their financials are public. They deliver the services they claim at an administrative cost well below what I or anybody else could do on our own.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

I've been a donor to this charity for years. After reading some of the complaints here, I decided to do some research. In terms of CEO salary, Robin Mahfood has a lower salary than most other charities of similar size. The CEO's salary equates to 0.04% of this charity's total expenses which is a respectable figure. You would be hard-pressed to find a single NFL, NBA, or MLB player that makes less per year. This is an enormous organization, and if the top person in charge get's paid reasonably well to run it (around what many physician specialists make), there's nothing wrong with that. FFTP does an immense amount of good. 95.6% of their expenses go towards the programs and services they deliver. As a comparison, the American Red Cross is at 90.3%.

My only problem with FFTP is that as someone that intends to keep donating to them, I don't want them to waste money by sending me extravagant mailers. I don't need to be convinced about the work that they do, and I don't have the time to go through all that they send. I finally called them and found out they can adjust the volume of mailings you receive to match your preference. It only took a 60 second call. Now I'll still send in donations, and we'll waist less paper.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

This charity came and spoke to my church and I donated. This was a huge mistake. Of the $250 that I donated, I can guarantee that every penny was used to harass me for more funds. I have written four times asking for my name to be removed- it has not. I have chewed out the paid solicitor after they called me repeatedly to no avail. Do NOT donate to this worthless charity. If you don't have any better use of money, throw it on the ground and hope that someone finds it. Only donate if you want to kill the rainforest with junk mail.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I'm a little nuts and like to write negative reviews even when I've not used the service. I complain because they use some small portion of my donation to keep the lights on and pay the heating bill in the Food for the Poor building. Why do they need those things? The poor kids don't have those things. How dare they send me .06 cents to help my understand how little it takes to help another person. But like I said, I'm a little nuts and tend to use the anonymity of the internet to rant about things I don't know much about

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Absolutely the best!
Felicia was my financial coaching she was responsive.
she help me with my credit card debt and also help me with my personal financial I learned how to manage my monthly budge.
I will 5 star I love the service.
Suzy Goncalves

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

They sent me 6 cents in the mail, saying "you can provide a meal for a starving child for only 6 cents". My question is why didn't they use those 6 cents to do just that? I'm not so sure if this charity is really legit.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

26 people found this review helpful

I am all for helping those in need. When I called to donate, I was told that 95% of my donation would go to help those who really need it. I asked about the 5% that didn't make it to those in need and as I was awaiting the typical response of 'overhead costs', I was surprised that all the person on the other line could tell me was that 95% was the highest amount of any charity around. All I want is a straight and honest answer. This charity is so large that 5% is millions of dollars that are not going to the hungry, homeless and ill. If it's a charitable donation, why is anyone getting paid? Shouldn't those answering phones be volunteering? Shouldn't the production company shooting the infomercial donate 100% of their services? Shouldn't the airline moving the food and those working too get it to thev people in bed be volunteering? We have doctors who are not getting paid in these countries who are volunteering their time to help heal those who are sick, there are a huge number of volunteers around the world helping, companies that are donating their resources... Why should any one be making a profit or earning money to help those in need. I'm so sick of greedy, excuse giving, reckless individuals who think that because they are 'working' to collect money from all of us, that it is a 'job' and deserve to be paid! People, volunteering for these said jobs should be what it is, free labor. The companies who can't donate 100% of there resources are forgetting what the word 'donate' means. Even at wholesale prices, it's still not enough or right. Why does anyone think they deserve anything when it comes to charitable donations and the labor and services that go along with it? Shame on anyone making a profit or earning any amount of money doing this work. God knows who you are even if you think you are hiding behind the bureaucratic curtain of charitable donations... Remember, what goes around, comes around. Karma isn't afraid of you. So, let's work on making everything a donation (from fuel for the airplanes, too those who are moving the food, to having 100% of volunteers, to all doctors and teachers... We need to work together to share our wealth of knowledge to our wallets! Let's stop the greed and learn to share. That means CEO'S, actors, mailings, telemarketers, laborers....etc. Let's show God that we love and care for one another by our actions.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

My role would actually be protector of my father. He is 90 years old and senile, these people will not leave him alone. I feel they are taking advantage of him, and I have asked them to stop. But here is the problem. They won't.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask them not to target the elderly, and if a concerned family member asks to have someone taken off their mailing list, to please do so..

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

I have been giving to this organization for over 10 years. One of the main reasons is because over 90% of donations go towards feeding the poor and not into someone else's pocket. I highly recommend this charity.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would NOT change a thing!

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Thank you for your continued and loving support. Your donations have helped us distribute more than 66,000 containers of aid to the poor. We have also built more than 91,000 housing units for people desperately in need of adequate shelter, and completed more than 1,720 water projects that provide lifesaving water and sanitation to hundreds of thousands of people in need.