Facts About Our Work in Belize

Food For The Poor began working in Belize in 1986. The international relief and development organization helps local groups that serve in the Central American country. These local organizations assist impoverished rural communities, providing help to more than 2,000 families within 57 communities and 41 schools throughout the country.

The school feeding program in Belize has become a primary focus. The local organizations, with the support of Food For The Poor, are helping to provide meals to some of the country’s poorest children.

As of August 2017, Food For The Poor shipped 23 tractor-trailer loads of essential goods to Belize, including:

  • Water pumps
  • Agricultural tools for farming
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Wheelchairs
  • Furniture
  • Goods to serve basic needs, such as hygiene and personal care items, and products for community development
  • Canned vegetables, meats and other food items
  • Medical supplies for small rural clinics
  • Books, pens, pencils, and paper

Belize is considered a Central American and Caribbean nation. It is the only country in Central America whose official language is English, though Belizean Creole, and Spanish also are spoken. Originally a part of the British Empire, from 1862 to 1973 the area went by the name of British Honduras. It became an independent Commonwealth in 1981. Belize has a small, mostly privatized enterprise economy based primarily on the export of petroleum and crude oil, agriculture, agro-based industry, and merchandizing. Tourism and construction have recently assumed greater importance. More than 60% of Belize's land surface is covered by forest, and 36% of that land falls under some form of official protected status, giving Belize one of the most extensive systems of terrestrial protected areas in the Americas.