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: 1 stars  

9 people found this review helpful

I will no longer donate to this charity. The Mahood family lives very well from their earnings generated by FFP. I will not support a charity that pays the CEO $388,000+. Their direct mailings are very well done and slick! I am guessing the fundraising costs are much higher than stated because this kind of advertising is VERY expensive to produce, print and mail.

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Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I was giving to the FFP for years, now that my income has changed I cannot give anymore. I have told them over and over that I have no money to give but for the past few years they have continued to pester me for cash. I really thought this charity was on the level but I have a feeling it is not.

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2010

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Please do not donate to this organization. Once you donate they will never ever stop harassing your for additional donations. I donated $100 to them over two years ago and even wrote them several times and asked them to stop mailing me requests for donations. There are far better organizations who will respect the donors.

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4 people found this review helpful

Please do not donate to this charity. I made the mistake of giving a medium sized donation one time and I have been continually hounded by their massive marketing machine. I have written them twice and requested to be removed from their lists. I have told the paid telemarketers who call, that I will never again donate to this organization. And today, still I receive another request for more funds. If you donate to this organization, please understand the only thing that your are improving is the depths of our landfills.

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5 people found this review helpful

We received the pitch during our local church service. I took the Church's unspoken support of this organization instead of doing my own due diligence. Once I donated, I started to receive something in the mail from this organization every single week. I wrote them a letter and asked to be taken off their mailing list and indicating that they were spending more of my funds on mailers than they were on feeding the poor. Since that time, they have continued to send me regular junk mail. I can't tell you that I understand their organization and all of the details. I can tell you that I will personally never give to this organization again. I want to give to the poor not to direct mail.

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2011

 
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mail5, I apologize that you felt bombarded by our appeals and that we did not promptly remove your name from our records after your request. We truly appreciate your concern about how FFP donor money is allocated because it is a top concern for us as well. We are proud to say only 2.5 percent of our budget goes toward fundraising (which includes our mailed appeals) and 96 percent of all donations go directly to the poor. The appeals are an important method of keeping donors informed about the desperate living conditions of the poor and how donor money is spent to provide relief. They have helped collect more than $9 billion for the poor, allowing us to build more than 77,000 homes for the homeless and send more than 60,000 containers filled with essential goods to the 17 Latin American and Caribbean countries we serve. If you would like to be removed from our mailing list, our Donor Services department can help. Please call 1-800-487-1158 or email Donorservice@foodforthepoor.com. You can also contact me directly at meganw@foodforthepoor.org, and I can help make sure your name is removed. I hope this helps. Thank you for your support. -Megan@FFP

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5 people found this review helpful

I was very sorry we donated to this charity a few years ago because after we did we received a ridiculous amount of glossy mailings urging us to donate more. I finally had enough and called asking for our names to be taken off their mailing list. The woman I spoke to actually asked if I had prayed over my decision which felt like she was implying I wasn't a good person. Then I read about the CEO's compensation - way more than I'll ever make!

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2009

 
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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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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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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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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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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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