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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

Programs: Healthcare - food for the poor shipped over 618 trailer loads of medicines, medical supplies, and equipment that help maintain clinics, hospitals, and nutritional centers to provide much needed medical care to the poorest of the poor.

basic needs - food for the poor distributes aid to support the feeding, clothing, and sheltering of the poor. Over 52 million pounds of food including rice, beans, grain, canned food and other assorted food, enough to feed millions of malnourished children and their families was distributed in 2014. We have built over 7,367 housing units for families in need of adequate shelter and since our inception in 1982, have constructed over 98,000 housing units for the poor.

education - food for the poor built, rebuilt or contracted to build 44 schools, also shipped 433 trailer loads of school furniture, books and supplies to give eager students the tools necessary to learn. These innocent, hopeful children become students who thrive on the opportunity to learn and to obtain skills they need to gain employment.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Highly suspicious of a company that mass mails a genuine nickel and a penny to try to get donations...surely their money would be better used to purchase food? Somebody should investigate this place....

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Unfortunately I have a friend who has been duped by this organization. Don't make the same mistake she did!

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36 RileyR

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

18 summer14

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I just received a mailing from your organization asking for a donation. I for one have learned MY lesson after sending contributions to Larry Jones and Feed the Children for many years. When your "higher ups" and CEO's learn the true meaning of "charity"....please send another mailing. A significant reduction of OUR MONEY into HIS POCKET might help.....until then, please stop sending these solicitations.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

People always complain about something. Just another excuse to not help. The other person was right quit complaining about the company and help feed the kids. Another good place is Lesea they send food allover the world. Also the person that can't capitalize the Lord's name straighten out your relationship with God first ;-)

5 Robert49

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

While it's annoying that numerous dollars are spent on glossy donation pleas, I understand marketing is necessary. However, I did some research after reading comments on this site re: CEO salary and was astonished at what I found. Robin Mahfood, CEO, like many other charity CEO's, does make an enormous salary. They are, after all, the 2nd largest charity org in the US after American Red Cross. But ethics should be present in all business dealings, especially charitable work. Not so sure here. Mahfood's immediate family received incredible salaries and perks from this organization. His family business, Essex Exports, which he ran for years, had undergone a federal investigation for fraud and sex scandal. His brother's business received tons of money thru business deals with this org. Consider that the Catholic Archdiocese of Miami has severed ties with this org. Be a smart donor - Do research before you contribute ANYWHERE!

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Just watched a segment on Democracy Now who had a journalist in Haiti, and they showed the Food for the Poor building, a huge multi-storied pink building across from a camp of Haiti earthquake victims living in tents. They reported this camp had under 400 people. The people are staving, hungry, and you could see that they were were thin, adults and children. They said Food for the Poor does not provide any food for them although they have asked. The journalist talked to Food for the Poor and affirmed that. Something is wrong that an organization cannot resolve whatever problems there are to see that the people in the camp directly across the street from them is provided food. Seeing the CEO's whooping salary, I wonder what their priorities are. Certainly they have outreach people that should have fixed this long ago. Charities are raking in billions, as this organization is for refugees in Haiti but the people are still living in squalid conditions lacking sufficient food, clean water, and sanitary conditions.
I called the organization in Florida to talk with an administrator about this but was only allowed to talk to a customer service person who only made excuses and refused to let me talk to someone who could explain this situation and see that it is remedied. If they cannot feed under 400 people who are starving living across the street in a very squalid camp, then why do they take donations? Shame.

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5 Khonsavane Maharatboutdy

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This charity sends unwanted goods with used donations to third world countries. THey also have a board that is primarily members of the Mahfood family. THey also collaborate with a for profit shipping company run by the Mahfood family. I wouldn't donate to them.

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