Our Work in Jamaica

Jamaica, the first country assisted by Food For The Poor, today includes more than 5,000 churches and institutions as partners. Education, housing and agriculture are major areas of focus.

  • Food For The Poor built or replaced 50 schools within 50 months
  • In 2014, Food For The Poor constructed 2,057 housing units
  • The organization provided more than 120,000 farmers with tools
  • In 2014, the charity shipped 813 tractor-trailer loads of supplies

More About Our Work

Food For The Poor-Jamaica’s office and warehouse complex is located in Spanish Town at the intersection of five highways, which leads to all parts of the island. Education, housing and agriculture are major areas of focus, all with the goal of meeting the immediate needs of the poorest of the poor, and helping the destitute rise out of poverty. Food For The Poor has completed more than 325 projects in Jamaica over the past five years

One such project was the Jamaica 50/50 campaign, in which the organization committed to building or replacing 50 schools within 50 months in honor of the island’s 50 years of independence in August 2012. Food For The Poor completed this project in December 2014, two-and-a- half years ahead of schedule. The next goal will be to build 25 additional schools.

Food For The Poor embarked on a program to improve literacy and ensure that the poorest children receive nutritious meals by providing impoverished schools with the necessary infrastructure. To meet the ongoing needs of schools island-wide, the charity developed three standard structures.

  • FFP School Construction Program – Self-contained wooden schoolhouse comprised of classroom space, office space, kitchen and sanitation.

  • FFP School Multipurpose Facility – Used for a variety of school needs including: additional classroom space for overcrowded schools, library/reading rooms to increase literacy, labs to teach computer skills, lunchrooms to improve nutritional and health standards and guidance counselor centers to enable educators to address the psychological and emotional needs of the children in a private environment.

  • The charity continues to replace dilapidated shacks across the island with permanent housing. In 2014, Food For The Poor, through the generosity of donors, constructed 2,057 housing units. Since inception, the charity has built 38,375 housing units island-wide. Thousands of people remain on the waiting list to receive Food For The Poor housing.

  • Food For The Poor’s Angels Of Hope (AOH) program has selected 25 orphanages that care for 516 children throughout Jamaica to sponsor. Without these orphanages, many children would be faced with the horrors of living on the streets.

  • Agricultural development has been essential in developing food security and in helping small farmers and institutions become self-sufficient since 2004. Food For The Poor has provided more than 120,000 farmers with seeds and tools, including gas-operated water pumps and tillers. Food For The Poor provides funding and technical expertise to help inner-city communities, farmers, schools, orphanages and other institutions learn how to produce crops and raise livestock to eat and to sell.

  • The charity continues to monitor and train the fishermen of 16 Food For The Poor fishing villages located throughout the island to become more productive with environmentally sound fishing techniques. FFP continues to seek and implement new techniques.

  • Medicines and other medical supplies are provided to clinics and hospitals across the island. Durable Medical Equipment (DME) supplies including walkers and wheelchairs are provided to needy recipients, and medical equipment such as hospital beds, EKG and dialysis machines help to outfit hospitals. Food For The Poor’s Our Lady of the Poor Clinic serves more than 10,000 patients every year. The charity conducts health fairs in rural and urban impoverished communities island-wide and provides ongoing assistance to elderly homes, and other institutions.

  • Since 2003, Food For The Poor’s Fresh Start Prison Ministry program has assisted in freeing more than 475 individuals, helping them establish a business, and reintroducing approximately 4,000 non-violent prisoners into the community as productive citizens. The Prison Ministry Program releases inmates who have committed minor offenses. Inmates are released twice per year – during the Easter and Christmas seasons.

  • Food For The Poor’s Computer Distribution program has donated more than 4,000 computer stations to schools and underserved neighborhood institutions to teach computer literacy.

  • Since 2007, Food For The Poor has donated more than 50 marching band sets aimed at reducing inner-city violence. Marching bands give the children far more than music lessons; they teach social interaction, group membership, discipline and responsibility, while also providing a creative and artistic outlet.

  • In 2014, Food For The Poor shipped 813 tractor-trailer loads of critically needed supplies to Jamaica.