Today, Food For The Poor is celebrating 34 years of dedicated service to the poor. The international relief and development organization, which started serving Jamaica in 1982, is now transforming the lives of the destitute in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.
Since its inception, Food For The Poor has built more than 107,800 housing units for families in need of safe shelter, 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 – resulting in more than $11.4 billion in aid.
“None of this would be possible without God. We must give thanks for His tremendous blessings on this organization, and for the loving support of our donors who truly want to make a difference in the world. Our goal is to provide food, housing, water and an education to break the cycle of poverty,” said Robin Mahfood, President/CEO of Food For The Poor. “We understand that we cannot fix all of the problems, but we are committed to helping one person and one family at a time. This is what we are commissioned to do, to help one another.”
With offices in Jamaica, Haiti, and Guyana, Food For The Poor has implemented animal husbandry, agricultural and aquaculture projects, and provides the technical training that is helping families to generate income and to become self-sustaining. Fishing villages are a prime example of the effectiveness of these types of self-help projects. Currently, 16 fishing villages are in operation in Jamaica and 42 have been established in Haiti. There also are 11 fishing villages in Honduras, which are all located along the Caribbean coast of this Central American country.
In 2007, Food For The Poor established a tree program, which has resulted in the planting of more than 2 million fruit trees. The organization is currently building villages, community centers, and clinics throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. With the continued support of its donors, Food For The Poor will fulfill its mission of saving and transforming lives of the poor.
Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.