Imagine having nothing to eat for days except a little bit of flour mixed with dirty water from a polluted stream, or the constant fear of your home crashing down on top of your family. Poor families throughout Latin America and the Caribbean face terrible conditions like these every day. They often live in dilapidated shacks made of scraps of wood, metal, plastic and cardboard that offers little protection from the elements, insects and rodents. They have no relief or safety net and many cannot afford even basic medicines or the transportation costs to reach the nearest hospital, so illness can quickly become life-threatening.
Food For The Poor is committed to serving the poorest of the poor by helping people out of poverty one family at a time. Thanks to our loving donors we are able to feed hundreds of thousands of people every day. It is because of our donor’s generosity that poor families who once lived in tiny hovels now live in safe and secure Food For The Poor homes with a door that locks and a roof that wont leak, turning their floor to mud.
“I thank God for this gift that He has given me. God could see this happening for me, but for myself, I could not imagine this. “I always prayed to God to take me out of the conditions I was living in,” said a grateful mother in Haiti who received a home for her and her five children.
Food For The Poor began in 1982 in Jamaica. Today, our interdenominational Christian ministry serves the poor primarily in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Thanks to our faithful donors, we are able to provide food, housing, healthcare, education, fresh water, emergency relief, micro-enterprise solutions and much more.
We are proud to have maintained fundraising and administrative costs of less than 5% of our expenses; more than 95% of all donations go directly to programs that help the poor.
Our faith inspires us to be an organization built on compassion, and motivated by love. Our mission is to bring relief to the poorest of the poor in the countries where we serve.