Food For The Poor adds Medical Mission Trips

(Coconut Creek, FL – June 15, 2009) – Having offered general mission trips since its founding, Food For The Poor is adding a medical mission trip to Jamaica in November of this year. The nonprofit is seeking doctors, nurses and other medical staff who have a heart for the poor to join them in making a difference for people who have nothing.

“This is one more way we can meet the needs of the people we serve,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. “We have received several inquiries from people moved to use their medical skills to help the needy. More people are expressing an interest in using their free time to help others.”

Food For The Poor, the largest international relief and development organization in the United States, schedules an average of 25 mission trips each year. More than 5,500 people have traveled with the organization. Some of the trips are organized in churches and are centered around projects that have been funded by those groups. Some of the trips are taken by individuals who want to experience firsthand the poverty and need in the Third World. Now, those wanting to use their medical skills to make a difference will be able to partner with an organization that serves 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Medical staff on the November 9-15 trip will serve urban and rural communities in Jamaica, treating such ailments such as hypertension, diabetes, cardiovascular problems, skin conditions and infections. Those on the trip will work in tandem with local medical personnel. Supplies for the trips will be collected by Food For The Poor and will be available when the medical team arrives.

The Government of Jamaica requires permits, which take approximately six to eight weeks to process. All documents and a $100 non-refundable deposit must be submitted to Food For The Poor by August 3, 2009. Depending on professional qualifications or area of interest, a specific list of required documents will be sent.

The cost of the trip per person is $1,800 plus domestic airfare. This includes international round-trip travel from Fort Lauderdale/Miami to Kingston, accommodations, meals, ground transportation and local government registration application fees. A 50 percent deposit is required 60 days prior to departure (09/09/2009), with the balance due 30 days prior to travel (10/09/2009). For more information, call 1-800-568-8124 or e-mail missions@foodforthepoor.com.

More than 97 percent of all donations to Food For The Poor in 2008 went directly to programs that help those in need. Food For The Poor provides nourishing food, housing, necessary medical care, educational materials, support for orphans and the aged, and much more to the poorest of the poor in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. For more information, visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.

Contact:
Kathy Skipper
Manager, Marketing and Public Relations
(954) 427-2222 x 6614
Kathys@foodforthepoor.com