Facts About Our Work in Guatemala

In 1996, Food For The Poor began working in Guatemala. The charity later began providing destitute families in the Central American country secure homes with sanitation, clean water and self-sustaining projects as a source of income and nutrition. Food For The Poor works with in-country partners Caritas Arquidiocesana and the Order of Malta. The Order of Malta works in the healthcare field, through Food For The Poor, provides dispensaries, clinics and hospitals throughout the country with medical donations.

  • In 2018, Food For The Poor built 350 homes for a total of 2,485 homes since inception.
  • With our in-country partners, we have supported more than 300 projects to help and train women
  • In 2018, Food For The Poor has shipped 597 tractor-trailer loads of supplies to Guatemala.

More About Our Work

On June 3, 2018, the Volcan de Fuego, (Volcano of Fire) erupted and released a stream of lava, and a cloud of hot rocks and ash over nearby Guatemala City, the country’s capital. According to Guatemala’s disaster agency, CONRED, more than 300 people were killed, but they expect that figure to rise. Food For The Poor rushed emergency aid, which included medical supplies, food and clothing for the volcano victims. Because of Food For The Poor’s continued support in Guatemala, supplies were available to allow the organization to respond immediately with aid, which were distributed by the Order of Malta and Caritas Arquidiocesana.

There are 24 active projects in Guatemala, which include agriculture, animal husbandry, community development, education, housing, medical and water. There also are two hospice and two scholarship programs that are active.

  • In 2018, Food For The Poor completed 45 projects in Guatemala including seven agricultural projects, five animal husbandry, 10 community development, six education, two housing, two medical and eight water projects. There also are seven ongoing feeding programs and two recovery centers.
  • Food For The Poor donors work through 20 Angels Of Hope children’s homes in Guatemala. Through this program, 1,822 orphaned or abandoned children have a safe home.
  • Food For The Poor and its in-country partners support 300 communities that provide women with immediate help and training to create a better future. The agricultural and animal husbandry projects established with Caritas have resulted in self-sustainable beekeeping projects, chicken farms, cattle rearing and greenhouse projects.
  • Children suffering from life-threatening malnutrition are receiving nourishing food through an innovative initiative by Food For The Poor, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), and Caritas Arquidiocesana. Since 2011, more than 19.5 million 3-ounce cans of Spammy™ have been provided to destitute families. Spammy™ is a shelf-stable turkey spread that has been fortified with zinc, iron, B vitamins, and other essential vitamins and minerals.