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Food For The Poor, Inc.

Saving Lives...Transforming Communities... Renewing Hope

aka FFP   |   Coconut Creek, FL   |  www.foodforthepoor.org

Mission

Food For The Poor (FFP), one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphaned and abandoned children, care for the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. Food For The Poor's mission is to link the church of the First World with the church of the Third World in a manner that helps both the materially poor and the poor in spirit.

Ruling year info

1982

President/CEO

Mr. Ed Raine

Main address

6401 Lyons Road

Coconut Creek, FL 33073 USA

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EIN

59-2174510

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Christian (X20)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Since 1982, Food For The Poor has been working tirelessly to lift people out of poverty, giving them the training and tools they need to make sustainable changes that will benefit their families and communities for generations to come. Even before the United Nations established the 2030 agenda for sustainable development, Food For The Poor was working toward many of those same goals, such as ending poverty and hunger, reducing inequality, clean water, sanitation, renewable energy, meeting medical needs and providing a path to prosperity with education and sustainable development. Food For the Poor enables the people we serve to flourish while preserving their environment for future generations. We seek to coordinate efforts, not to just eliminate complex problems, but to ultimately resolve them. Through the use of grants, capital, and the strategic use of development finance, we aim to help facilitate sustainable development in the countries we serve.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Healthcare

In 2020, a total of 478 tractor-trailer loads of pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, medical furniture and medical equipment were sent to help care for the sick in the countries where we serve.

Population(s) Served
Families

In 2020, FFTP built, repaired or expanded 34 schools, and shipped 192 tractor-trailer loads of school furniture, books and educational supplies to schools, providing children with valuable tools for learning.

Population(s) Served
Families

FFP distributes aid to support the feeding, clothing and sheltering of the poor. Food For The Poor donors have built more than 88,500 safe and secure homes for the destitute. In 2020, Food For The Poor built 1,872 homes for families in need of safe shelter. Since inception, the charity has provided more than $17 billion in aid. Food For The Poor operates and supports feeding programs that feed hundreds of thousands of people every day. To accomplish this, we partner with churches, schools, hospitals, missionaries and charitable organizations such as the Salvation Army, Caritas, the American Nicaraguan Foundation, the Order of Malta and others. In 2020, the charity has provided more than 243 million meals to malnourished children and their families. Through a network of 3,550 local beneficiaries in Haiti, the charity teamed up with its many partners to feed the poorest of the poor. These organizations are located throughout the country and are served by warehouses and distribution facilities in Port-au-Prince, Cap-Haitien and Titanyen.

Population(s) Served
Families

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of homes built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018, Food For The Poor began calculating homes as two-bedroom homes, because of the size and need of the average family.

Number of water projects built

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of containers of aid shipped

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of schools built, repaired or expanded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America.

Founded in 1982, the interdenominational Christian ministry serves the poorest of the poor.

Thanks to its faithful donors, the organization's programs are providing housing, healthcare, education, fresh water, emergency relief and micro-enterprise assistance, in addition to feeding hundreds of thousands of people each day.

Food For The Poor follows the principle that education and self-help must fortify immediate relief so recipients can learn to break the cycle of poverty. We support programs to teach recipients how to raise livestock, develop small businesses and provide agricultural assistance to independent farmers.

Food For The Poor aims to improve the health, economic, social and spiritual conditions of men, women and children. We raise funds and provide direct relief assistance to the poor, usually by purchasing or receiving donations of specifically requested materials and distributing them through the churches and charity organizations already operating in areas of need.

More than providing food for the starving, Food For The Poor builds sturdy houses, digs water wells, provides medicine and medical equipment as well as supports orphanages and education for the children.

Our mission is also guided by a commitment to prayer to maintain the purity of the mission. Staff members conduct regular prayer services, praying over specific prayer requests received as well as general prayer for the poor.

Our mission is to link the church of the First World with the church of the Third World in a manner that helps both the materially poor and the poor in spirit. The materially poor are served by local churches, clergy and lay leaders who have been empowered and supplied with goods by Food For The Poor. The poor in spirit are renewed by their relationship with and service to the poor through our direct ministry of teaching, encouragement and prayer.

We feel a special calling – and are uniquely equipped and positioned with offices in Haiti, Jamaica and Guyana – to serve the poor of the Caribbean and Latin America.

Generous donors who share this call have come alongside us to make a difference. We are frugal, efficient and aligned with partners to get the most out of each donation.

We work closely with charities, churches of various denominations, community leaders and corporations to effectively deliver and distribute the lifesaving aid that is so urgently needed across the Caribbean and Latin America. Our partners help us determine how best to fill needs, carry out and execute projects and monitor them to completion.

Since its inception, Food For The Poor has built more than 88,500 safe and secure homes for families in need of safe shelter, completed 2,916 water projects, and has built, repaired or expanded more than 500 schools. The charity has distributed more than 93,000 tractor-trailer loads of goods – resulting in more than $17 billion in aid.

Because trying to solve the problems of poverty can be overwhelming, Food For The Poor focuses on helping one child, one family, one community at a time. Generous donors make this beautiful work possible. The only limitation is funding.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Food For The Poor serves the poorest of the poor in primarily 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. Inspired by the Gospel and motivated by our love for one another, it is Food For The Poor’s mission to end poverty in the countries we serve throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. We put Christ first in our work and are guided by the fundamental principle that all people have the right to achieve their full potential and live life in its fullness as promised by Jesus Christ. Thanks to our faithful donors, since 1982, we have provided food, housing, health care, education, water, emergency relief, micro-enterprise solutions and much more to families living in dire poverty.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    SMS text surveys, Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We use data collected in the field directly from the people we serve to improve the decision-making process in the implementation of projects and program design to best address needs. We ask first what is needed, we collect information, and then based on that input, we design the project intervention.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It empowers them to take ownership over projects we our implementing. We include the people we serve from the very beginning. We approach the projects in a way that is inclusive and participatory, which creates community ownership, empowerment, trust and participation, which are the building blocks for sustainability over time.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Food For The Poor, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

P. Kennedy

Tax and Estate Planning Attorney

Monsignor Honorable Gregory Ramkissoon

Missionary

Rhonda Maingot

Missionary

David Price

Attorney

Lynne Nasrallah

Adjunct Professor

The Right Reverend Leopold Frade

Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida

P. Todd Kennedy

Tax and Estate Planning Attorney

Robin Mahfood

Food For The Poor

Bill Benson

Certified Public Accountant

Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga

Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, C.A.

Most Reverend Pierre-Andre Dumas

Bishop of Anse-a-Veau and Miragoane, Haiti

Most Reverend Burchell McPherson

Bishop of Montego Bay, Jamaica

Ed Raine

Food For The Poor

Gail Hamaty-Bird

Food For The Poor

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/29/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data