Imagine rats crawling over your children at night as they sleep, the constant bite of mosquitoes keeping you awake at night, or knowing that you have nothing but a bit of flour mixed with dirty water from a nearby stream to feed your children.
Poor families are forced to deal with these horrific conditions every day. They live in tiny shacks that can come crashing down on their children at any moment. 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 generous donors we are able to feed hundreds of thousands of people every day, and provide shelter for families who once lived in dilapidated shacks made of mud and scraps of zinc, wood, plastic and cardboard.
“I no longer have to worry about the rain kicking us out of our own home, and that makes me feel at peace in my house,” said Mary, a grateful Haitian mother of three girls who received a new home.
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, over the last 10 years, to have fundraising and administrative costs average less than 5% of our expenses; more than 95% of all donations went 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.