Facts About Our Work in Belize

Food For The Poor began working in Belize in 1986. The international relief and development organization helps local groups that serve in the Central American country. The local organization, A Hand to the Needy, assists impoverished rural communities, providing help to more than 2,500 families within 61 communities and 44 schools throughout the country.

The school feeding program in Belize has become a primary focus. The local organizations, with the support of Food For The Poor, are helping to provide meals to some of the country’s poorest children.

In the first six months of 2018, Food For The Poor shipped 20 tractor-trailer loads of essential goods to Belize, including the following items:

  • Agricultural tools
  • Clothing and shoes
  • Goods to serve basic needs, such as hygiene and personal care items, and products for community development.
  • Food items
  • Medical supplies for small rural clinics
  • Books, pens, pencils and paper

Belize is considered a Central American and Caribbean nation. It is the only country in Central America whose official language is English, though Belizean Creole, and Spanish also are spoken. Originally a part of the British Empire, from 1862 to 1973 the area went by the name of British Honduras. It became an independent Commonwealth in 1981 and has a population of approximately 353,850 people. Belize has a small, mostly privatized enterprise economy based primarily on the export of petroleum and crude oil, agriculture, agro-based industry and merchandizing, with a GDP per Capita: U.S. $8,200. Tourism and construction have recently assumed greater importance. More than 60 percent of Belize's land surface is covered by forest, and more than 36 percent of that land falls under some form of official protected status, giving Belize one of the most extensive systems of terrestrial protected areas in the Americas.