Facts About Our Work in Guatemala

In 1986, Food For The Poor began working in Guatemala. The charity later began providing destitute families in the Central American country with safe and 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.

  • Food For The Poor built 120 homes for a total of 2,118 homes since inception by June 2018.
  • With our in-country partners, we have supported more than 250 projects to help and train women
  • In the first six months of 2018, Food For The Poor has shipped 293 tractor-trailer loads of supplies to Guatemala.

More About Our Work

On June 3, 2018, the Volcan de Fuego, Spanish for "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 nearly 60 active projects in Guatemala, including: seven feeding programs, two recovery centers, 13 community development programs, five animal husbandry, one water, eight medical, seven agricultural, seven educational and three orphanage projects. There also are two Hospice and two scholarship programs.

  • In the first six months of 2018, Food For The Poor has shipped 293 tractor-trailer loads of supplies to Guatemala.
  • Food For The Poor built 120 homes for a total of 2,118 homes since inception by June 2018.
  • Food For The Poor donors work through 16 Angels Of Hope orphanages in Guatemala. Through this program, 1,345 children have a safe home, food and people who give them loving care.
  • Food For The Poor and its in-country partners support more than 250 projects that provide women with immediate help and training to create a better future. These women are now earning incomes as dressmakers, bakers and handcraft designers. The agricultural and animal husbandry projects established with Caritas have resulted in self-sustainable tilapia ponds, chicken farms, cattle rearing and greenhouse projects.
  • Children suffering from life-threatening malnutrition are being provided with nourishing food through an innovative initiative by Food For The Poor, Hormel Foods Corporation (NYSE: HRL), and Caritas. Since 2011, more than 18.7 million 3-ounce cans of Spammy™ have been provided to destitute families in Guatemala through partners Food For The Poor and Caritas Arquidiocesana. Spammy™ is a shelf-stable turkey spread that has been fortified with zinc, iron, B vitamins, and other essential vitamins and minerals.