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Food For The Poor, Inc.

Saving Lives...Transforming Communities...Renewing Hope...

Food For The Poor serves the poor in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, providing food, housing, water, healthcare, education, emergency relief and micro-enterprise assistance.

Why should I support your work?

The work of Food For The Poor can only become a reality through the generosity of compassionate supporters who selflessly give, and ease the suffering of our poorest brothers and sisters. Because we buy food in bulk, we can provide a meal of rice and beans for just 6 cents.

In addition to providing emergency relief, our desire is to enable the poor to lift themselves out of poverty. By supporting education initiatives, training programs and income-generating projects, the cycle of poverty can be broken.

Why does your charity exist?

Now celebrating its 34th year of operation, Food For The Poor is an interdenominational Christian relief and development organization working primarily in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America to assist the poorest of the poor. Our ministry is shaped by the belief that Christ is alive and can be served directly by serving those in greatest need. (Matthew 25:40)

Food For The Poor exists as God’s instrument to help the materially poor and to renew the poor in spirit. Our work in the Caribbean and Latin America empowers local churches, clergy and lay leaders with goods and supplies to assist those who are living in desperate poverty. This network of partners in-country ensures that aid reaches those who need it the most.

 

What specifically do you do?

Thanks to its faithful donors, Food For The Poor provides housing, healthcare, education, freshwater, emergency relief and micro-enterprise assistance, in addition to feeding hundreds of thousands of people each day.

How will this make a difference?

Food For The Poor’s goal is to move people out of poverty by meeting basic needs which allows them to get a job and earn an income. In turn, they will be able to afford to send their children to school so they can get an education, ensuring their future and putting them in a position to help others who are struggling.

The importance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty is crucial. To this end, Food For The Poor ships books, school supplies, furniture, computers and other needed items to schools throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Food For The Poor solicits used school desks, furniture and other equipment from school districts in the United States when they replace these items. Such classroom necessities are then shipped to schools in need.

Providing the poor with long-term, sustainable solutions to poverty is a priority at Food For The Poor. To accomplish this, the organization has developed several micro-enterprise programs that help the poor help themselves through self-sustaining, income and food-producing projects.

Fishing villages are a prime example of the effectiveness of self-help projects. When destitute coastal villages are selected to participate in Food For The Poor’s fishing village program, a fishing cooperative is formed. The cooperative is supplied with boats, motors, fishing tackle and safety gear, refrigeration equipment, a storage facility and training in deep-sea fishing.

Thanks to these resources, fishermen are then able to fish in deeper, more bountiful waters and catch larger, more profitable fish. The entire village benefits from this enterprise because many of the villagers buy fish wholesale in order to sell it retail, while others sell fish to local residents. Additionally, the fishermen are required to return a portion of their proceeds to those who are less fortunate.

How is your work different from that of other, similar charities?

Food for the Poor aims to improve the health, economic, social and spiritual conditions of men, women and children. 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.  More than providing food for the starving the charity builds small houses, digs water wells, provides medicine and medical equipment as well as supports orphanages and education for the children. 

Our mission is also guided by a commitment to prayer to maintain the purity of the mission. Staff members will conduct regular prayer services, praying over specific prayer requests received as well as general prayer for the poor.

Food For The Poor works directly with churches, the clergy, missionaries and other nongovernmental organizations in the countries where we serve. The organization asks what’s needed and then supplies the requested items. This direct distribution method helps assure that only those items that are actually needed are shipped, and it also helps keep operational costs to a minimum.

Food For The Poor partners with local organizations in the countries we serve in order to be effective and efficient. Jamaica, the first country assisted by Food For The Poor, today includes more than now includes more than 5,000 churches and institutions as partners in the distribution of food, medicine, educational supplies and other needed items. In 2015, Food For The Poor shipped 697 tractor-trailer loads of much needed supplies to Jamaica thanks to the generosity of donors and the support of Food For The Poor partners.

What have you accomplished?

In the last decade alone, Food For The Poor has provided more than $10 billion in aid, and just last year constructed 9,431 housing units for families in need of safe shelter.

The charity has also completed 2,286 water projects, and has built, repaired or expanded more than 350 schools. The charity has distributed more than 75,000 tractor trailer loads of goods.

Food For The Poor works directly with churches, the clergy, missionaries and other nongovernmental organizations in the countries where we serve. Food For The Poor has an expansive network of island-wide distribution hubs, and supports thousands of faith-based partners in feeding and assisting the poorest of the poor. We ask what’s needed and then supply the requested items. This direct distribution method helps assure that only those items that are actually needed are shipped; it also helps keep operational costs to a minimum.

Food For The Poor does much more than help in time of disasters. We feed millions of hungry individuals; we drill life-giving water wells for those who otherwise wouldn’t have clean drinking water; we provide skills training and micro-enterprise opportunities that enable the poor to work; and we give children an education that will enable them to break free from the cycle of poverty that has ensnared generations.

How can I be sure you’ll use my money wisely?

Food For The Poor has continually maintained a remarkable efficiency level in all of its operations. The charity has maintained fundraising and administrative costs of less than 5 percent of its expenses; more than 95 percent of all donations go directly to programs that help the poor.  Forbes Magazine has rated Food For The Poor as having a 96% fundraising efficiency rating as well as a 96% charitable commitment ratio, which shows how much of an organization’s total expenses are applied to its charitable purposes, excluding management, overhead or fundraising. Food For The Poor also received a 5-star Financial Efficiency rating from Ministry Watch, the highest possible score.