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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

56 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 1

I have been trying to get off "Food for the Poor" mailing list for over 4 months. Repeated letters do no good. I send their solicitations back, ask to be removed, and ask who sold them by name. No response! I'd never give them a penny!

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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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Donor

Rating: 1

I'm writing this because I've tried everything I could to stop the mass mailings that I continue to get from Food For The Poor. I've donated a couple times in the past and recently because of radio advertisement on a christian station NOT because of the mailings. However, I have to constantly shred massive amounts of mailings from this organization every month. They waste so much paper and resources that could be used to feed the people. Use the money that's donated to actually feed people and not harass them. I'm done. I will never donate to them again. They also claim to be registered with the BBB but when I checked the system didn't pull anything up regarding this charity. I will NEVER EVER donate to them again. If you want to be harassed by a questionable charity then this is the one. I'm getting skeptical about donating to any charity moving forward. They've harassed me so much that I just don't want to be bothered. It's easier, quicker and requires no follow up from the bum on the street. I think this is where I will be donating from now on.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am going to give it a shot, despite the naysayers. $350k salary is not outrageous for a charity with a billion dollars of annual revenue. I would challenge anyone to show a billion dollar charity with lower expenses overall. As to the junk mail, all of my mail goes directly to the waste can, so I'll never see it anyway.

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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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Donor

Rating: 3

I believe and trust this charity. I've donated to them for many years but off and on. They made an appeal at our parish last year and I figured "Why not give them another shot?" I couldn't remember why I stopped donating to them years ago. Not to worry, I was reminded very quickly: I stopped because of the incessant mailings. I get a mailing from FFTP every 3-4 days, as if that's going to make me donate more money or more frequently.

I believe they do good work and are legitimate. If you donate be prepared to be inundated with mailings.

I prefer to donate, not be hounded.

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Donor

Rating: 4

I have no complaints about fftp . I have been giving for about 7 years when I am able . I wondered about getting. 06 cents on the mail and much solicitation mail , I thought wow they spend a good deal for it . I realize that I don't have the. Ability to spend even 2 hrs. A week to donate time for them . The decisions. To regulate the contributions incoming the purchases being made the politics involved with foreign countries legal decisions and also budgeting is no easy task , my bottom line is go to charity busters and research any and all charity organizations , then decide if you agree with the right business practices ! Google charity fraud and see how fftp is rated

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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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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Donor

Rating: 1

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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Donor

Rating: 1

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Absolutely the best!
Felicia was my financial coaching she was responsive.
she help me with my credit card debt and also help me with my personal financial I learned how to manage my monthly budge.
I will 5 star I love the service.
Suzy Goncalves

20 Daniel103

Donor

Rating: 2

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.

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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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Comments ( 1 )

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joyo 12/12/2014

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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Donor

Rating: 5


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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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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Donor

Rating: 2

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.