FFP At InfoPoverty Conference at United Nations

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (March 13, 2009) —In recognition of its leading role in the field, Food For The Poor, the foremost international relief and development organization serving the Caribbean and Latin America, has been invited to participate in the InfoPoverty World Conference at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The conference March 18-20 will focus on development in poor countries, with emphasis on alleviating suffering through education and health initiatives.

“Food For the Poor is honored to be included in this high-level discussion of issues that are so important to our mission and the people we serve,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of the organization. “We not only want to meet the more immediate needs of those who need food and water, we want to provide a means for sustainable change and break the cycle for those who have so long been ensnared in poverty.”

An affordable computer distribution program is one such education project that will be presented at the conference by Food For The Poor. The organization’s plan is to supply vocational centers, training facilities and schools in poor communities with the equipment needed to provide students a life-changing opportunity to enter the workforce prepared with highly marketable skills.

Food For The Poor already has installed 74 such units in schools and training centers in Jamaica, Haiti, Guyana and the Dominican Republic, and 33 more will be installed in Nicaragua by mid-April. By installing workstations using a shared system -- with seven monitors attached to one central processing unit -- FFP is able to cut costs on both equipment and electricity.

The program is funded through the generous donors of Food For The Poor, which has an ambitious goal of putting these computers in all the schools and community centers it sponsors. Those who want to donate can go to foodforthepoor.org/computers or call 1-800-427-9104.

Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the United States, serves the poor of the Caribbean, and Latin America. Food For The Poor provides food, emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, basic housing, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. More than 96 percent of all donations received go toward programs that help the poor. For more information, visit www.foodforthepoor.org.

Kathy Skipper
Public Relations Manager
(954) 427-2222 x 6614