Food For The Poor Joins the National #GivingTuesday Movement

Jolinda Wade,  mother of NBA star Dwyane Wade, serves meals at Food For The Poor's feeding program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti October 9, 2012. The programs serves 15,000 meals a day, six days a week to poor families in Port-au-Prince.

Jolinda Wade, mother of NBA star Dwyane Wade, serves meals at Food For The Poor's feeding program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti October 9, 2012. The programs serves 15,000 meals a day, six days a week to poor families in Port-au-Prince.

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COCONUT CREEK, Fla., (Nov. 27, 2012) – Today, the first #GivingTuesday, kicks off the season of giving. Food For The Poor is among more than 2,000 charities who are urging consumers to look beyond Black Friday and Cyber Monday to the importance of giving back.  

Food For The Poor joined #GivingTuesday to harness the collective power of a unique blend of partners – charities, families, businesses and individuals.

“Food For The Poor is extremely excited and proud to be a part of this movement, where hundreds of nonprofits working in the United States and in various countries are spreading the news about the beauty of giving back,” said Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor. “It is my hope that individuals who learn about #GivingTuesday will support their charities and causes of choice and take part in helping to create a better world.”  

When Food For The Poor’s Executive Director was invited to write a blog entry for the Huffington Post as part of the #GivingTuesday initiative, he thought right away of a donor who has experienced both tribulation and triumph this past year.

Longtime donor Barbara Gilbert rejoiced at the completion of one of her Food For The Poor projects for the poor in Jamaica, but just weeks later was thrown into despair when she was told her son’s body was being assaulted by an infection and amputation of his limbs might be the only way to save him.  

Her story of the cycle of giving is on Huffington Post.

To join Food For The Poor’s #GivingTuesday initiative, visit www.foodforthepoor.org/givingtuesday.
View our gift catalog video at www.foodforthepoor.org/givingtuesdayvideo for creative ideas that will change lives long after the holiday season has ended. For $10, you can give the gift of a fruit tree, or you can choose to give farm animals such as chickens, pigs, goats, donkeys and cows, which will provide an income and a source of nutrition for destitute families.                                                                                                     
For more details about the #GivingTuesday movement, visit the #GivingTuesday website www.givingtuesday.org, Facebook page www.facebook.com/GivingTuesday or follow the #GivingTuesday hashtag on Twitter.

Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry 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.

Wanda Wright

Public Relations
(954) 427-2222 x 6079
wandaw@foodforthepoor.com