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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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

5 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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2 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: 1 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Stop giving all of the money meant for the poor to your greedy leader.

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?

2009

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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 ;-)

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

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

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 2 stars  

17 people found this review helpful

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!

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2012

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10 people found this review helpful

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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Did not like the lack of concern and over confident tone of "customer service person" who speaks mistruths to try to get rid of me as a concerned human being for those people suffering in Haiti. The journalist I know to be very reliable in his reporting about Food for the Poor not giving hungry people across their building in Porto Price, Haiti. This is a scandal.

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

Find a CEO who will work for half the salary and use that money to feed the people in Haiti. Believe they should provide charts that show where the donations for Haiti victims has gone.

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

No

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

Have them checked out by authorities thouroughly

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