FFP President/CEO Robin Mahfood to be Honored with Caribbean American Heritage Award

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (May 30, 2017)  Food For The Poor President/CEO Robin Mahfood will be among the honorees recognized with the prestigious Caribbean American Heritage Award at a banquet and gala Saturday, June 10, at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel, Sunrise-Sawgrass Mills.

The award recognizes individuals of Caribbean-American backgrounds who have made significant contributions to the community and to their country.

Mahfood has been described as a "spiritual businessman with a true heart for the poor."

With his extensive background in commerce and his in-depth knowledge of the Caribbean, Mahfood brings his compassion for the poor to the forefront as Food For The Poor's leader.

This year, Food For The Poor is marking 35 years of committed service to hundreds of thousands of families throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. It supports associated charities in Haiti, Jamaica and Guyana and works through trusted partners in 14 other countries.

"It is an honor and I am humbled to receive this award on behalf of Food For The Poor and the people in the countries we serve. Our calling is to serve the poor, and we have done so with great impact the last 35 years. God willing, we will continue to do so as long as the need exists," said Mahfood. "Our goal is to provide food, housing, water and an education to break the cycle of poverty."

As one of the original founders of Food For The Poor, Mahfood previously served as Executive Vice President and Secretary of the Board of Directors of the charity since its inception in 1982. His leadership, strategic planning, and business acumen have helped the organization become recognized as one of the most efficiently run non-profits in the country. Before assuming the Presidency of Food For The Poor, Mahfood was President and CEO of a family-owned business.

The Caribbean American Heritage Awards are in conjunction with the celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month.

In 2006, President George W. Bush issued a proclamation declaring the month of June to be National Caribbean American Heritage Month in recognition of the significant contributions made to the United States by people of Caribbean heritage.

Elizabeth Burns, CEO and President of Unique Creations by Liz, started raising awareness about the contributions of Caribbean Americans in 2010 with an exhibition featuring a diverse group of Caribbean and American businesses. The exhibition has grown over the years and in 2015, the first Caribbean American Heritage Awards were given.

Others being recognized at the banquet and gala include state Sen. Daphne Campbell, whose district includes Miami Beach, North Miami, and parts of northeastern Miami-Dade County; Miramar Commissioner Yvette Colbourne; Eveline Pierre, founder of the Haitian Heritage Museum in Miami; Dr. Albert Williams, professor of economics and finance at Nova Southeastern University; Beverly McLarty of Vitas Healthcare; Rev. Dr. Diane Moore-Eubanks, Chancellor of Global Oved Dei Seminary & University; Teodoro Miguel Florival-Victor, owner of Career Mentors of Youth & Broward Social Network.

The Caribbean American Heritage Awards Banquet and Gala will be at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Sunrise-Sawgrass Mills, 13400 W Sunrise Blvd, Sunrise, Fla. 33323. The evening will begin with a red carpet arrival at 7 p.m. followed by dinner, awards presentation, entertainment and dancing. Tickets, which are $65 for general admission and $80 for VIP seating, are available at www.CAHMUSA.com or www.Eventbrite.com.

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% of our expenses; more than 95% of all donations went directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.

Michael Turnbell

Public Relations
954-427-2222 x 6054