Food for the Poor
|Focus||Impoverished people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean|
|Seventeen countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean|
|Method||Direct assistance of churches and charity organizations operating within in-need areas through the delivery of food, medicine, housing, and other vital goods|
Food For The Poor, Inc. (FFP) is an ecumenical Christian nonprofit organization based in Coconut Creek, Florida, United States that provides food, medicine, and shelter, among other services, to the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Food For The Poor, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) corporation.
In 1982, Ferdinand Mahfood began Food For The Poor to aid the poor and downtrodden in Latin America and the Caribbean. Clergy members of many Christian denominations, including Episcopalian, Lutheran and Roman Catholic, are the core of the organization, preaching throughout the United States about the need in the countries they serve.
Since 1982, Food For The Poor has distributed more than $12 billion worth of food, medicine, housing materials, water and other aid to the poor of the Caribbean and Latin America. In 2007, the charity migrated its headquarters from Deerfield Beach, Florida to Coconut Creek, Florida. As of 2010, Food For The Poor employs more than 300 people out of its Coconut Creek location, in addition to employing members of the Clergy as speakers across the United States.
The President of Food For The Poor is Robin G. Mahfood. As one of the original founders of Food For The Poor, Mahfood previously served as Executive Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the corporation since its inception in 1982.
The Executive Director is Angel A. Aloma who oversees fundraising and communications for the organization. In his 21 years as a teacher at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Aloma led numerous mission trips with his students to Caribbean countries.
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Food for the Poor aids the poor through donations of money and supplies, mostly from the United States. A majority of the organization's revenue is from donated goods.
In 2016, 95.6% of all donations to Food For The Poor went directly to programs that help the poor, while 4.4% went to fundraising and administrative costs.
Champions For The Poor is a personal fundraising program that was founded in 2009 and lets supporters create webpages to raise funds for the poor in the Caribbean and Latin America. The micro-site is hosted by personal fundraising software company Classy.
Angels of the Poor is a monthly giving program that features former Charlie's Angel, Cheryl Ladd, as its spokesperson.
Food For The Poor provides, as its main objective, nourishment to the poor. The organization also erects homes for homeless families, supplies medicine and health care in hospitals and clinics, subsidizes orphanages, and teaches children and adults by providing training.
Angels of Hope
Food For The Poor has an orphan sponsorship program that operates in many of the countries it serves in Latin America and the Caribbean. According to its website, over 6,100 orphans are sponsored in the program.
Targeted crisis relief programs
In addition to its general community development and direct aid programs designed to reduce poverty and malnutrition, Food For The Poor provides targeted relief for humanitarian crises. On January 11, 2010, it announced initial success in introducing a new food source, the Basa fish, for the critically malnourished nation of Haiti.
On January 13, 2010, it announced a major relief effort directed toward the people of the same nation to help recovery from the catastrophic January 12 earthquake which struck Port-au-Prince. Food For The Poor has built 16,204 housing units since the earthquake. Additionally, 44 schools were built or restored in the Port-au-Prince region.
Shortly after Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti on Oct. 3, 2016, the charity set a goal to build 1,000 housing units in 100 days. The charity’s teams in Haiti were able to build 1,086 housing units in 114 days, and now are helping storm victims replant crops and rebuild livestock to offset growing food scarcity
Food For The Poor partners with local organizations in the countries where they work. Jamaica, the first country assisted by Food For The Poor, today includes more than 1,800 churches as partners in the distribution of food, medicine, educational supplies and other needed items.
Since 1989, the charity’s street feeding program in Kingston, Jamaica has been operated in partnership with the Salvation Army.
Haiti, the largest recipient of aid from the charity, has an expansive network of island-wide distribution hubs, and supports thousands of partners in feeding the poorest of the poor.
Some of our other major partners include: American Nicaraguan Foundation, Caritas, CEPUDO, Fundación Nuevos Horizontes, Living Water, and Order of Malta.
The Palm Beach Post has documented controversies involving Food For The Poor. In 2000, Ferdinand Mahfood resigned as CEO amid allegations he diverted money to two female employees with whom he was sleeping. Ferdinand Mahfood ultimately admitted misappropriating $275,000 from FFP and took steps to pay the money back.
Ferdinand's brother, Robin Mahfood took over as CEO amid the crisis. Between 2003 and 2007, FFP paid out $1.9 million in salary and benefits to five of his relatives. Until 2008, FFP also did business with two for-profit companies run by Mahfood's family, buying in four years more than $200,000 worth of sodas and knee-high water boots in deals Mahfood had a hand in approving. CEO Robin Mahfood received a salary of $364,874 in 2008 
Notes and references
- Dear, John (2010-11-16). "Don't forget 'Food For The Poor'". National Catholic Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
- "Food For The Poor gala to fund homes in Haiti". Sun-Sentinel.com. December 19, 2017. Retrieved 2018-01-10.
- Palm Beach Post. "Family behind flourishing Coconut Creek charity survives past scandals, renews focus". Retrieved 16 November 2012.