Students For The Poor: Form a Chapter and Help the Suffering

Former president of Lynn University’s Students For The Poor, Dan Hennessey, stands in front of a model of a Food For The Poor house during a 5K walk/run event held on Lynn University’s campus.

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (May 23, 2012) — The high school and college years are when young people start to take notice of the world stage around them, and discover that they too have a role to play in the drama of life. It is during this phase, when clubs, groups and organizations take on new meaning, and when the needs of the poor are no longer viewed as someone else’s problem.

Recognizing that desire four years ago, Food For The Poor helped to develop Students For The Poor, a student outreach effort initiated by students, with chapters on high school and college campuses throughout the United States.

“The goal of each Students For The Poor Chapter is to provide life-changing experiences for the students, while raising awareness and providing support for the materially poor, one person, one family, one community at a time,” said Robin Mahfood, President/CEO of Food For The Poor. “These chapters are a real blessing because young people are learning firsthand the true meaning of helping their neighbor, which is a lesson they will carry with them for a lifetime.”

In 2007, Lynn University chaplain, Fr. Marty Devereaux, went on a Food For The Poor mission trip to Haiti. He was so moved by his experience that upon his return to the Boca Raton, Fla. campus, he asked the Student Government to invite Food For The Poor to give a presentation. In 2008, the Lynn University Students For The Poor Chapter was initiated and soon chapters formed on campuses nationwide.

Once the Students For The Poor Chapter has selected a project goal and raised funds for that project, active members of that chapter are eligible to take part in Students For The Poor mission trips, which include the following countries: Jamaica, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala.

To formalize a chapter on your campus please contact Food For The Poor’s Campus Outreach Coordinator at 1-877-654-2960, ext. 6069. The greatest advantage to becoming an official Students For The Poor Chapter is that you have the support, encouragement and resources of the largest international relief and development organization in the United States at your disposal.

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.

Wanda Wright
Food For The Poor
Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6079