Food For The Poor pays prisoners fines in time for Easter

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (March 20, 2008)  – Food For The Poor, the foremost relief and development agency in the Caribbean, provides for the release of inmates who have been convicted of minor offences and do not have the funds to pay their fines. This program arranges for the prisoners to be released during the Christmas and Easter seasons, and operates in Guyana, Haiti, and Jamaica. Time is spent with the ex-prisoners to make sure they are rehabilitated into society. The ex-prisoners are also provided with basic tools, clothing, and food.

In Guyana 35 prisoners were released from the New Amsterdam Prison. Food For The Poor Guyana started a Prison Poultry Project in 2007. Approximately 30 persons are trained yearly in both the theoretical and practical aspects of poultry rearing. The training prepares inmates to handle their own businesses upon their release. A total of 30 prisoners were released from Cap Haitien and Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Many of the ex-inmates are skilled craftsmen; so specialized tools were purchased for their reintroduction to society. A total of 17 inmates were released in Jamaica from four different prisons.
Food For The Poor the 2nd largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than simply feed the millions of hungry poor in 16 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. We provide emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96% of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. Visit our Web site at www.foodforthepoor.org.

Contact:
Jennifer Leigh Oates
Public Relations Coordinator
(954) 427-2222 x 6054
jennifero@foodforthepoor.com