Food For The Poor

Rating: 2.8 stars   49 reviews

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
www.foodforthepoor.org

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Reviews for Food For The Poor

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: 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: 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!

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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.

Rating: 5 stars  

22 people found this review helpful


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  

38 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.

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

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

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2012

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

26 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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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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