Food For The Poor

Rating: 2.69 stars   42 reviews

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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
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EIN 59-2174510
954-427-2222
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 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.

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I would NOT change a thing!

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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.

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Some of the reviewers here are confusing this organization with other organizations. They help indigent people in Latin America with direct food aid, livestock, small business support, water sources, solar supplies, and housing. They deliver these things to local charities whic are already working with the populations served. And 96% of donated funds go directly into aid. Please don't write negative reviews without getting your facts straight!

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Rating: 2 stars  

26 people found this review helpful

I have donated to these people on several occasions. There mail-outs tear at your heart. I once called their offices in Florida to talk about some staff positions they had open. I am semi-retired and well-qualified to do the work they needed done, for practically no pay. I was treated with indifference.

The rudeness of their staff, and the obscene salary of the CEO will keep me from giving these people any more of my money.

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Find people more concerned with the welfare of others than that of themselves.

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Rating: 2 stars  

16 people found this review helpful

This charity uses mailings to the elderly that are aimed to make them feel guilty. They duped my mother-in-law out of a great deal of her savings with the bleeding heart mailers. The management staff is overpaid and under performing for their salaries..,

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Rating: 3 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

Overall, I think this charity does good things. I'm also concerned about the numerous mailings I get from FFTP asking for more money ( some appear to be very expensive "glossy" materials ) and the salary of the CEO is also a concern ( I'm hoping he tithes at least :) ). I must say that one thing I do appreciate is that they are praying for me - I have received periodic phone calls fro FFTP employees asking to just pray with me ( no solicitations ). I have also on occaision received letters of encouragement and prayer from them as well ( again with no solicitations ).

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I have been donating to this charity for many years. The primary reason is the super high % percent of its total budget it spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. It is over 96%. Exceptional. I know some take exception to the salary the CEO receives but considering how efficient he runs this charity I's say he is well worth it. They help the poorest of the poor and do it very efficiently. What more can I ask?
Thank you Food for the Poor for the excellent work you do.

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Rating: 3 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

i am sorry to say that i donated to this charity. after googling the salary of its ceo and discovered it was over 350k per year i sent them a note to stop all communications with me but they have continued sending their sollicitations. if you are for these types of salaries get a job from wall street do not get donations and pay yourself like a wall street bankster. folks we must give as this is the prescription of the lord just make sure the paycheck of the ceo is not over 150k per year and the donations are not embezzled. i hope we will continue giving but not these charities with outrageous salaries. i suggest donating directly to orphanges in poor countries directly and do the things that the lord puts in your heart as the holy spirit leads.

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Rating: 1 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I used to give money to this charity but after reading about how much the Board makes will cease and support our local food bank. Thanks to those who did the research to uncover the massive fraud in the Mahood family. Someone should take this crook to court.

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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

3 years ago, I wrote to Food for the Poor asking them to only send me one annual request and I would continue to support them with one generous donation. It worked and I may get 3 letters but not the 18 that I had before.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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Other people are correct in mentioning that they are relentless with their marketing. And honestly, I don't like it either. Nevertheless, when you experience what they see and realize how such a small amount such a profound difference, I think you can better appreciate why they do what they do. I lived in a developing country for a couple years, and most good people in developed countries have little appreciation of these things. A weekly mailing or two is not much of an inconvenience, relative to no food or clean water on an average day. Yes, your mailings are over-the-top Food for the Poor, but at the same time I must say: Keep up the great work!!

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