Facts About Our Work in Guatemala

In 1986, Food For The Poor began working in Guatemala. The charity later began providing destitute families in the Central American country with safe and secure homes with sanitation, clean water and self-sustaining projects as a source of income and nutrition. Food For The Poor works with in-country partners Caritas Arquidiocesana and the Order of Malta. The Order of Malta works in the healthcare field, through Food For The Poor, provides dispensaries, clinics and hospitals throughout the country with medical donations.

  • Food For The Poor built 274 housing units in 2017 for a total of 3,941 housing units since inception.
  • With our in-country partners, we have supported more than 250 projects to help and train women
  • In 2017, Food For The Poor shipped 507 tractor-trailer loads of supplies to Guatemala.

More About Our Work

There are 60 active projects in Guatemala, including: seven feeding programs, eight community development programs, seven animal husbandry, four water, four medical, five agricultural, six educational and three orphanage projects. There also are two Hospice and two scholarship programs.

  • In 2017, Food For The Poor shipped 507 tractor-trailer loads of supplies to Guatemala.
  • Food For The Poor built 274 housing units in 2017 for a total of 3,941 housing units since inception.
  • Food For The Poor donors work through 17 Angels Of Hope orphanages in Guatemala. Through this program 1,622 children have a safe home, food and people who give them loving care.
  • Food For The Poor and its in-country partners support more than 250 projects that provide women with immediate help and training to create a better future. These women are now earning incomes as dressmakers, bakers and handcraft designers. The agricultural and animal husbandry projects established with Caritas have resulted in self-sustainable tilapia ponds, chicken farms, cattle rearing and greenhouse projects.
  • Children suffering from life-threatening malnutrition are being provided with nourishing food through an innovative initiative by Food For The Poor, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), and Caritas. Since 2011, more than 106 containers or more than 17 million 3-ounce cans of Spammy™ have been provided to destitute families in Guatemala through partners Food For The Poor and Caritas Arquidiocesana. Spammy™ is a shelf-stable turkey spread that has been fortified with zinc, iron, B vitamins, and other essential vitamins and minerals.