Monthly Newsletter May 2009
Helping the Poorest of the Poor
A message from the President
Clean water was provided to thirsty villagers. Homeless families were sheltered. Starving children were rescued from death.
Your compassionate generosity made all this, and much more, possible in 2008. Behind every fact and figure in our 2008 Annual Report are the grateful smiles of families who were assisted through your support. Full Press Release
Your gifts brought hope to those who have very little, and I would like to thank you for all you have done to help the poor. -- Robin Mahfood, President/CEO
FFP in the News
CBS4 -- South Florida Girl Raises Funds To Help Haiti
WREX -- Rockford group brings Hope for Haitians
Jamaica Gleaner -- Schools get private help to meet public standards
Jacksonville.com -- Former waitress raised money to build a village for poor people in Jamaica
Jamaica Gleaner -- The wheel deal -- Disabled man turns wheelchair designer
Kaieteur News -- Single parent mother gets new home after fire
Sun-Sentinel -- Students show solidarity with Haitians, Jamaicans
Jamaica Observer -- New gym for Sunshine girls
A new crisis is looming in Haiti, where four devastating storms tore through the tiny island nation in the span of a month last year, and a leading charity says thousands of destitute Haitians face starvation.
Inspired by a recent visit to Food For The Poor, Rachel Wheeler, 9, plans to build a "baker's dozen" of homes in Haiti. Rachel joined members of Lighthouse Point's Chamber of Commerce for a tour of Food For The Poor headquarters in Coconut Creek. Rachel listened carefully and asked a lot of questions during the presentation by Robin Mahfood, President and CEO of Food For The Poor.
Members of Deerfield Beach and Lighthouse Point Chamber of Commerce visited Food For The Poor recently for a special event. The Deerfield Beach Chamber of Commerce and Food For The Poor have had a relationship for many years. In January 2007, Food For The Poor's headquarters relocated from Deerfield Beach to Coconut Creek.
Former waitress Barbara Gilbert who raised money to build Food For The Poor villages in Jamaica, with the help of many Jacksonville residents, has been named a semifinalist in For All the Ways You Care contest. She will appear Monday, May 4, on Good Morning America as one of 10 semifinalists in the national contest sponsored by CVS Pharmacy.
Lynn University students have raised funds to build a basic school in Jamaica, a water well in Haiti, and to purchase and ship 1,000 pounds of rice and beans to Jamaica for the destitute through a series of on-campus events, ranging from living in tents, a 5K walk/run, to a public forum.
Continuing a long-time commitment to Food For The Poor, Seaboard Marine delivered a check this week for $35,000 that will help the relief and development agency continue to provide necessary aid to the poor in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.
When U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton visited Haiti this month, volunteers serving on the USNS Comfort had the chance to shake her hand and talk with her briefly about Food For The Poor.
The very young and the elderly who are served by Food For The Poor in Haiti received medical treatment this month as part of the hospital ship USNS Comfort's deployment in Haiti, the first of seven countries the ship will visit as part of a four-month humanitarian mission in the Caribbean, Central and South America.
Did you know?
Food For The Poor has gone green. We build solar powered lamps in remote villages that were once reliant on sunlight. The lights bring safety and the ability to work at night to the poor.
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