Food For The Poor Helps "Big Mama" in Her Time of Need

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Nov. 8, 2017)  A recent fire destroyed Essie "Big Mama" Reed's kitchen at her Team of Life charity headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., but it did not extinguish her burning passion for the less fortunate in South Florida this holiday season.

Once again, Big Mama is focusing on the needs of others and is making preparations for her annual Thanksgiving turkey giveaway, which is something she has done for nearly 20 years. Food For The Poor will help her to keep her mission alive.

The international relief and development organization will present Big Mama with a check on Monday, Nov. 13, at 10 a.m. at its headquarters, 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Fla., something the charity has done for the past six years. But this year's donation will be different.

"Big Mama is a very special person with a huge heart. She's going through a rough patch at the moment and we want to do our part and help her out," said Robin Mahfood, President/CEO of Food For The Poor. "Thousands of South Florida families have benefited from her kindness and now the shoe is on the other foot; she needs assistance. The Lord will bless her efforts because she sincerely cares about people and we care about her."

Food For The Poor's check to Big Mama will help her to purchase 400 turkeys, as well as help with her fire recovery effort.

Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor primarily 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. Over the last 10 years, fundraising and other administrative costs averaged less than 5 percent of our expenses; more than 95 percent of all donations went directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit

Wanda Wright

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