History - Established in 1982
Since its founding in 1982, Food For The Poor (FFP), a Christian, international relief and development organization, has distributed more than $4.8 billion in food, medical, educational, building and small business supplies to 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. The organization maintains an average administrative overhead of less than 4 percent — ensuring that the poor receive more than 96 percent of all donations.
Food For The Poor was founded by Ferdinand Mahfood. His vision was instrumental in guiding the charity as it became the most significant relief organization in the Caribbean and Latin America. Robin Mahfood, who has extensive experience in business management and an in-depth knowledge of the Caribbean, assumed the Presidency in 2000 and provides the leadership for Food For The Poor during this time of unprecedented growth.
Created to help destitute people in Central America and the Caribbean, Food For The Poor has forged a spirit of cooperation between churches of the First World and churches of the Third World. Established as a 501(c)(3) charity, FFP collects funds from North American and European benefactors, purchases goods cost-effectively on the world market, ships the items duty-free and arranges for their distribution to the poor through churches, missionaries and charity organizations.
Food For The Poor follows the principle that education and self-help must fortify charity work so recipients learn to break the cycle of poverty. FFP supports programs that teach recipients how to raise livestock and develop small businesses, and provides agricultural assistance to independent farmers.