About Us — Direct relief assistance helping the poor in the Caribbean and Latin America
Food For The Poor is the largest international relief and development organization in the United States, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. Founded in 1982, our interdenominational Christian ministry serves the poorest of the poor in 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Thanks to our faithful donors, our programs provide housing, healthcare, education, fresh water, emergency relief and micro-enterprise assistance in addition to feeding hundreds of thousands of people each day.
Since its inception in 1982, Food For The Poor has provided in excess of $10 billion in aid (more than half of which was provided in the last five years) and has built more than 84,000 housing units for the destitute. In 2012, Food For The Poor constructed 6,805 housing units for families in need of adequate shelter. Total fundraising and administrative costs in 2012 comprised less than 5% of our expenses. More than 95% of all donations go directly to programs that help the poor.
In a 2012 survey of the 200 largest U.S. charities, Forbes magazine rated Food For The Poor the sixth-largest recipient of private support. With a charitable commitment ratio of 96%, and a fundraising efficiency of 97%, Food For The Poor received the highest possible ratings from industry observers such as Ministry Watch, and is also proud to meet the extensive standards of America’s most experienced charity evaluator, the Better Business Bureau.
Our hope is that this ministry reflects God’s unconditional love, which surrenders all, inspires trust and faith, and embraces all people regardless of race, status or creed. We believe that Christ is alive, and that we can best serve Him by being of assistance to those in the greatest need (Matthew 25:31-40). Finally, we stress the need for regular prayer to guide and maintain the purity of our mission, to link the church of the First World with the church of the Third World in a manner that helps both the materially poor and the poor in spirit.
Food For The Poor facts and outcomes
• Now celebrating its 31st year of operation, Food For The Poor (FFP) is an interdenominational Christian relief and development organization working primarily in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America, and also in the United States, to assist the poorest of the poor. By working together with pastors, missionaries partner organizations, clinics, community leaders and churches in these regions, we ensure that aid reaches those who need it most.
• Food For The Poor does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor. 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.
• Since our founding in 1982, Food For The Poor has distributed more than 63,000 containers of aid to the poor. We have also built more than 84,000 housing units for people desperately in need of adequate shelter, and completed more than 1,475 water projects that provide lifesaving water and sanitation to hundreds of thousands of people in need.
• In 2012, Food For The Poor shipped 3,414 containers of aid and built 6,805 new housing units in the countries we serve.
• Fundraising and other administrative costs comprise less than 5% of our expenses; more than 95% of all donations go directly to programs that help the poor.
• FFP supplies destitute coastal villages with four fiberglass boats with outboard engines, global positioning systems (GPS), fishing tackle, 100-quart coolers, safety equipment, a gear shed with freezer, a generator and powerful solar light for the village common area and training in deep-sea fishing. Fishing villages transform communities by offering residents hope and an opportunity to improve their lives. Currently there are 17 fishing villages in operation in Jamaica and 42 in Haiti.
• Our fruit tree program, started in 2007, has resulted in the planting of more than 1 million fruit trees in Haiti and Jamaica.
• We have completed 333 aquaculture ponds that supply much-needed protein to malnourished children and their families, while also promoting self-sufficiency in the participating communities.
• Our Angels Of Hope program sponsors more than 3,900 children in 117 orphanages throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. The children receive food, clothing, shelter, education and lots of love and attention.
• In a survey of the 200 largest U.S. charities, Forbes magazine has given Food For The Poor outstanding ratings of 96% in charitable commitment and 97% in fundraising efficiency. November 2012
• In recognition of its efficiency and transparency, Food For The Poor received the highest possible rating – five stars – Ministry Watch
• The Chronicle of Philanthropy has ranked Food For The Poor as the largest international relief organization in the U.S., and the eighth-largest overall charity in the nation. (Rankings based on private support.) October 2012
• The Better Business Bureau Wise giving Alliance reports that Food For The Poor meets the extensive standards of America's most experienced charity evaluator. March 2013-2015
— For more information, please contact Food For The Poor's Public Relations Department at (954) 427-2222 x 6614, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Statistics updated April 2013