Facts About Our Work in Saint Lucia
Gifts In Kind are an important component of Food For The Poor’s work in St. Lucia. The organization works with St. Lucia’s Archbishop’s House in assisting families in need. Food For The Poor also works closely with Caritas with the distribution of goods in St. Lucia.
In 2019, Food For The Poor shipped 21 tractor-trailer loads of aid to the Caribbean nation, including:
- Hygiene and personal care items
- Products for community development
- Canned vegetables and meats and other foods
- Educational supplies, including books, pens, pencils and paper
Food For The Poor has established several self-efficiency projects in St. Lucia, which include beekeeping, tilapia and shrimp farming.
Food For The Poor has built 20 greenhouses to assist 20 basic schools with their individual feeding programs. The goal of the initiative is to educate students about the multiple benefits of trees and reforestation.
- Food For The Poor’s bee-farming program for the Pastoral Centre in Castries, St. Lucia, serves as an income-generating project, providing employment for beekeepers and revenue from the sale of honey.
- Pastoral Centre Bee Farm Project Phase II will serve as an income-generating project, also while providing employment for beekeepers and revenue from the sale of honey.
- Pastoral Centre Greenhouse Gardening Project will provide produce to offset expenses and generate income through the sale of the crops.
- St. Lucy’s Home Food Production Project was created to promote self-sustaining chicken farms and vegetable gardens to improve the nutrition levels of the home’s residents in Marchand. The project also will generate income, which will help to cover operational costs.
The population is approximately 166,000 residents. The language is English and Catholic is their largest religious denomination. The currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar and the GDP per capita is $14,400.