Jamaican Diaspora Raises Money to Support Food For The Poor's Education Initiatives

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2011) — Jamaica’s Consul General Sandra Grant Griffiths presented Robin Mahfood, President/CEO of Food For The Poor, a check to support the nonprofit’s educational initiatives in Jamaica on Thursday, Sept. 15. The donation was collected on Sunday, Aug. 7, when hundreds of Jamaican nationals and friends attended a service at the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale to celebrate the country’s 49th anniversary of independence.

FFP President/CEO Robin Mahfood shakes hands with Sandra Grant Griffiths, Jamaica’s Consul General.

“Food For The Poor reaches into every aspect of Jamaican life and maintains a commitment to aiding Jamaica’s poor,” said Mahfood as he thanked the Consulate General on behalf of all those who donated. “By investing in Jamaica’s education system we are investing in Jamaica’s future, showing children there is a life for them free of crime and violence in the classroom.”

Approximately 100 Food For The Poor employees were in attendance at the nonprofit’s Thankful Thursday Prayer Service in Coconut Creek, Fla., when the Consulate General received a standing ovation after calling on all Jamaicans in the Diaspora to continue to prepare for next year’s golden jubilee celebration of independence.

Proceeds from August’s service at the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Lauderdale will also benefit educational programs at the Portsmouth Primary School Feeding Program in Portmore, Jamaica, and the Coalition of Jamaican Alumni Associations (CJAA) in South Florida.

Food For The Poor, the third-largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian agency provides 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 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.

For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.

Jennifer Leigh Oates
Food For The Poor
Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6054