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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.

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a certified fundraising professional and have great admiration for the staff and the work that Food For The Poor has accomplished the past 30 years, and continues to accomplish in the countries it serves! I have seen first hand their wonderful charitable work in Jamaica, Haiti and Honduras. FFP not only provides food and much needed supplies, but more importantly the staff strives to help those living in the countries become self-sufficient by teaching skills that will boost the families' incomes. They have certainly done an admirable job in helping rebuild Haiti after the terrible earthquake.This is truly a charity with a heart combined with good business and management skills of its leaders. Keep up the great mission!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an anthropology professor at an American university. For the past 13 years I have been assisting with development projects in a Jamaican community. Eight years ago we established a fisherman's cooperative. Food for the Poor immediately came to our assistance, providing us with a headquarters building, a cold storage facility, and four ocean-going boats, as well as building 100 homes for extremely poor families. In addition, they stationed a fisheries expert in the village, who built artificial reefs to attract fish. With their assistance we have become the foremost fisher's group on the island and a leading environmental organization as well. We recently secured land from government for a new preschool, and FFTP will be building a 2400 square foot concrete classroom to replace three board shacks that serve over 60 children. The only stipulation they have made is that a small portion of each catch from the donated boats be set aside for community development projects. I was skeptical of them at first, worried about their religious foundation, but there has been no proselytizing whatsoever. FFTP has been an excellent partner; I can't find fault with their operations on the ground.

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7 Devin G.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In response to the post from March 30th by Judith Pecho:

Food For The Poor serves 15,000 hot meals six days a week at the location described by the activist writing the story. The recipients are people living nearby who have no income, and no other food resources. To receive food, people complete a simple form, which includes the number of people in their family. They bring a card with them each time and they are supplied simple, nutritious meals of rice, beans and basic stews. The people living at this camp would only have to walk across the street to obtain access to this food. In addition to this food, Food For The Poor distributes dried beans, rice, and other staples through 2,600 beneficiaries in Haiti. When intervening with direct distribution, security is a very real concern. Food For The Poor provided food to this camp immediately after the earthquake, but was forced to stop when those outside the camp make it too chaotic to continue the distribution. At that time, Food For The Poor chose to continue along its established path of supplying churches and associations who are structured for direct distribution. The camp residents were invited to come to the canteen and sign up for hot meals. Food For The Poor has been working in Haiti since 1986. The charity accelerated its work immediately after the quake and continues to work to rebuild Haiti. Immediately after the quake, Food For The Poor was supplying food, water and sanitation to the tent cities. Since the earthquake we have published on our website and in newspapers reports with details of the work we have accomplished in Haiti. As a matter of fact, The Chronicle of Philanthropy published a list of the 50+ organizations that had collected the most money for Haiti after the earthquake and what they had done in Haiti by the end of last year. We were #13, having collected more than $20 million for Haiti. The paper reported that we had spent all the money collected by the end of October. We were the only organization of the top 20 that had spent all the money that we had collected. The report made it clear that besides spending all the money, no one had built more permanent housing than Food For The Poor (1589 double unit structures), no one had dug more wells (more than 120) or more water projects (30 solar powered water purification/chlorination systems that purify 10,000 gallons of water per day (each) no matter the condition of the water source.) Food For The Poor was the organization that sent the most food, medicines and supplies into the country after the earthquake in 2010 (1,459 containers valued at more than $205 million). There are no members of the Mahfood family on the Board of Directors of Food For The Poor. Food For The Poor continues to work to rebuild Haiti. We encourage everyone to look at all the facts before they add to the chaos with misinformation.

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