Outreach and Food For The Poor Celebrate Milestone Meals

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (July 27, 2011) — Since 2007, Outreach has donated 7.5 million meals, packaged by volunteers throughout the United States, to Food For The Poor.  In the last year alone, Outreach has donated four containers of food, exceeding 1 million meals.

These meals of rice-vegetable casserole, fortified with soy protein and vitamins, have been distributed to countries through Food For The Poor’s network in Latin America and the Caribbean – principally Haiti, Jamaica, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

Volunteers with Outreach Inc. donate time and money to package meals for the poor.

“Food For The Poor feeds more than 2 million people each day in the 17 countries we serve. We depend on organizations such as Outreach to help us supply the necessary food to feed the hungry,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. “We are grateful to them, because without them, many more lives would be threatened by malnutrition and starvation.

Outreach Inc., a nonprofit based in Iowa, was created in 2004 when founders Floyd and Kathy Hammer returned from their second trip to Tanzania, Africa, on a construction mission. During their trips, they witnessed the death of many children from hunger and related diseases. They dreamed of a world free of poverty and limitations. Their response was to form Outreach.

Today, Outreach is delivering more than 100 million meals to the hungry in the United States, Haiti, Africa, and around the world.

Outreach arranges packaging events with faith and service organizations, schools, and civic groups. These food packaging events, held in church halls, school gymnasiums, and even stadiums, bring hundreds, sometimes thousands, of volunteers, each prepared to donate time and money to package meals. Five hundred volunteers can typically produce 50,000 meals. For more information on how to participate, go to www.outreachprogram.org.

“Our food packaging events are extraordinary spiritual events of giving and caring that draw congregations, communities and neighborhoods together,” said Floyd Hammer. “We are grateful that Food For The Poor has been able to take it from the packaging events to the countries where the food is most needed.”

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.

Kathy Skipper
Food For The Poor
Director of Public Relations
(954) 427-2222 x 6614