Media Alert: Bahamas Needs Our Help

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Oct. 6, 2015) – Food For The Poor is responding to an urgent request to provide aid to areas of the Bahamas devastated by Hurricane Joaquin. Representatives of the Catholic church in the Bahamas and the South Florida Episcopal diocese appealed for immediate aid, based on pleas from residents left with nothing.

Containers of essential items such as building supplies and baby items will be loaded and sent immediately, but the charity needs help with a request for canned goods. Food For The Poor is asking for donations of canned meats, canned fish and canned milk, both evaporated and condensed. Perishable items cannot be accepted.

“The officials told us today what their needs are, and I need to get it there yesterday,” said Food For The Poor President/CEO Robin Mahfood, in expressing the urgency of the situation. “My heart was broken when I saw the woman pleading for help for her and her neighbors. They have nothing left.”

A video of residents pleading for help was shared with the charity today. You can see it here: www.FoodForThePoor.org/bahamas.

Canned meats, canned fish, canned milk can be brought to the charity at 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Fl, 33073. Any other items cannot be accepted. Drop-off hours are weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon, and 1 to 4:30 p.m.

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 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.

Kathy Skipper

Director of Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6614
kathys@foodforthepoor.com