Facts About Our Work in Antigua and Barbuda

Food For The Poor works with primary partner St. Vincent de Paul under the Diocese of St. John's- Basseterre in Antigua. An important component of Food For The Poor’s assistance to Antigua is through gifts in kind. Antigua became a safe place of refuge for more than 1,800 people from the neighboring island of Barbuda when Hurricane Irma, one of the most powerful Atlantic hurricanes in recorded history, made landfall on Barbuda on Sept. 6, 2017, as a Category 5 storm, destroying 95 percent of the buildings on the island.

Two years after Hurricane Irma, hundreds of its residents have returned and are slowly rebuilding their lives with the help of nongovernmental organizations.

In the first six months of 2019, Food For The Poor shipped a tractor-trailer load of adult diapers, clothing, wheelchairs, medical supplies, nonperishable food, products for community development and educational supplies.

Food For The Poor built a warehouse for in-country partner St. Vincent de Paul in order to make the storage and distribution of goods more efficient.

Positioned where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet, Antigua is known for reef-lined beaches, rainforests and resorts. Antigua’s English Harbour is a yachting hub and the site of historic Nelson’s Dockyard, now part of a national park. In the capital, St. John’s, the national museum displays indigenous and colonial artifacts. Antigua’s economy is reliant upon tourism, but agriculture also is important. The island is primarily focused on the domestic market instead of the export of goods. Production on the island consists of the cultivation of cotton, fruits, vegetables, bananas, coconuts, cucumbers, mangoes, sugarcane, and livestock. The agricultural market in Antigua falls under the constraints of limited fresh water supplies and lack of sufficient labor.

Population: Approximately 104,000 Capital: St. John’s Area: 281 square kilometers (108 square miles) Language: English Religion: The Anglican Church is the largest religious denomination Currency: East Caribbean dollar Life Expectancy: 76 GDP per Capita: U.S. $24,100 Literacy Percent: 99%