Food For The Poor

Rating: 2.69 stars   42 reviews

Issues: Philanthropy

Location: 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  

2 people found this review helpful

Who Cares SUFFER! To all you that condemn FFP for paying the CEO too much, You'd rather the children and others to suffer hunger and die? I don't like that the CEO makes so much, but that has nothing to do with it's programs and help. I'm sure you've looked around and found FFP is the most efficient charity in America and maybe even the world. Apparently the CEO is doing a great job or they wouldn't be rated so good. If they didn't have this CEO would they still be rated so high? Who knows, but of all the charities this one is the best, I've searched. If the CEO is the problem and reason your not giving, just go to their office and volunteer to work with/for them and it won't be long until you'll be the CEO, since you'll be so good and efficient and so much better than the present CEO, they will make you the CEO and you can fix all this and take a lower salary, better yet don't take a salary! In the mean time people suffer hunger and die. That is a poor excuse not to give. Like me, you'll answer to this one day. Quit condemning and do what you can to help, or at least stay quite and quit discouraging others. If you can find a better charity, I'll donate with you. Pray about it, honestly, and do what the Lord leads you to do. I've been sarcastic, please forgive me, I am sorry, It just upsets me. Thanks, I pray the Lord blesses you.

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2012

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7 people found this review helpful

I am an anthropology professor at an American university. For the past 13 years I have been assisting with development projects in a Jamaican community. Eight years ago we established a fisherman's cooperative. Food for the Poor immediately came to our assistance, providing us with a headquarters building, a cold storage facility, and four ocean-going boats, as well as building 100 homes for extremely poor families. In addition, they stationed a fisheries expert in the village, who built artificial reefs to attract fish. With their assistance we have become the foremost fisher's group on the island and a leading environmental organization as well. We recently secured land from government for a new preschool, and FFTP will be building a 2400 square foot concrete classroom to replace three board shacks that serve over 60 children. The only stipulation they have made is that a small portion of each catch from the donated boats be set aside for community development projects. I was skeptical of them at first, worried about their religious foundation, but there has been no proselytizing whatsoever. FFTP has been an excellent partner; I can't find fault with their operations on the ground.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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Life-changing

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Like the reviewer who wrote in January, 2011, I questioned why I first heard of Food for the Poor at an appeal in a Catholic church. The online answer is that they are slick promoters. They advertise in the National Catholic Reporter and recruit priests to speak in local parishes. CharityWatch does not list Food for the Poor with their top charities, but it awards Catholic Relief Services, also working in international relief, an A+. CharityWatch does not included donated goods in its efficiency ratings. Thus, it gives Food for the Poor a lower ranking than other charity rating services.

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I receive constant appeals from Food for the Poor for donations through the mail and via the Internet. I used my matching gifts program at work for my last contribution to Food for the Poor. I was about to make another donation only to learn that the compensation of the President and CEO of the organization was $388,979 for a year. I prefer to make my charitable donations to organizations that do not award such a high level of compensation to its leader, and one which focuses more on the needs of the poor.

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have had nothing but great experiences with this charity. They demonstrate Christian values. I have been called and helped by them praying for me several times at just the right time when I needed it the most and the prayers were so awesome they had to be guided by the hand of God. How many charities do you know that are used by God in that manner? They have called to thank me and pray with me with all sincerity and I have been very blessed by their caring for me. I believe in this charity. As far as the salary of the CEO goes, I cannot judge. How do you know what this person does with his money? People who run billion dollar organizations with skill, talent and excellence deserve a fair salary. In this day and age, for that level it is not out of line. You people need to get real. You get what you pay for. Perhaps these people who are complaining about the CEO salary would like a more incompetent manager who deserves less and runs the organization into the ground.

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I will not donate to a charity that pays $388,000 to a CEO. To me, that is more than anyone needs to earn especially when the money comes from donations. That salary is pure greed.

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2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

It makes me sick to know how many people would be with the CEOs salary. I will not donate to a charity that has a paid CEO. It totally devalues the word charity! Very sad!!

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

be careful of charity scams like "food for the poor"where the president of this so called charity makes a 400,000 a year salary.you know it`s a scam when they`re claiming to give these poor countries animals to raise for food.these poor countries don`t have 2500 gallons of water for 1 pound of meat or16 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of meat.they would`nt be starving if they had that much grain and water to waste.

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2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I cannot in good conscience donate to Food for the Poor knowing that the President draws a $400,000/yr salary from our donations. What a shameful contradiction knowing their mission is "to serve poorest of the poor". And if that isn't enough, that salary buys the wisdom behind the excessive (junk) mail campaign

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No

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2011

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Rating: 3 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

WHY DO THEY SEND OUT SO MANY SOLICITATIONS. I DONATED DEC. 2012. SINCE THEN I HAVE RECEIVED 7 MAIL SOLICITATIONS. I DONATED AGAIN IN APRIL AND HAVE ALREADY RECEIVED ANOTHER MAIL SOLICITATION. WOULD'NT BE BETTER TO USE THE MONEY TO HELP THE POOR INSTEAD OF MAILING ALL THESE SOLICITATIONS?

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