Food For The Poor, Inc.


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 has provided billions of dollars in aid and has built more than 85,400 safe and secure homes for the destitute. In the last decade alone, the charity has provided more than $15.7 billion in aid.

In 2019, Food For The Poor built 3,113 homes for families in need of safe shelter.

In a 2019 survey of the 100 largest U.S. charities, Forbes magazine rated Food For The Poor the 13th-largest recipient of private support. With a charitable commitment ratio of 94%, and a fundraising efficiency of 95%.

Food For The Poor received the highest possible ratings from industry observers such as Ministry Watch, and is also proud to meet the extensive standards of America's most experienced charity evaluator, the Better Business Bureau.

Contact information

Mailing address:
6401 Lyons Road
Coconut Creek, FL 33073-3073


Phone: (954) 427-2222


Organization details

EIN: 592174510

CEO/President: Ed Raine

Chairman: Mr. P. Todd Kennedy

Board size: 12

Founder: Mr. Ferdinand Mahfood

Year founded: 1982

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


Food for the Poor aims to improve the health, economic, social and spiritual conditions of the men, women and children. Food For The Poor raises funds and provides direct relief assistance to the poor, usually by purchasing 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 they help build small houses, dig water wells, provide medicine and medical equipment as well as supporting children's homes and education for the children.

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

Mission statement

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. 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. Ultimately, we seek to bring both benefactors and recipients to a closer union with our Lord.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating32 of 7259 of 68
Fund acquisition rating198 of 72625 of 68
Resource allocation rating94 of 72611 of 68
Asset utilization rating5 of 7252 of 68

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$5,701,666$8,078,711$2,550,346$10,429,581$1,757,051
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$533,431$297,021$589,758$366,259$107,161
Total current assets$29,886,833$15,894,949$26,091,356$28,399,451$12,802,224
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$12,090,856$14,849,816$15,486,333$15,233,211$15,366,995
Other long-term assets$2,497,667$1,258,960$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$14,588,523$16,108,776$15,486,333$15,233,211$15,366,995
Total assets$44,475,356$32,003,725$41,577,689$43,632,662$28,169,219
Payables and accrued expenses$5,822,176$6,236,116$5,325,061$5,719,002$4,850,115
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$5,822,176$6,236,116$5,325,061$5,719,002$4,850,115
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$5,822,176$6,236,116$5,325,061$5,719,002$4,850,115
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$2,711,345$1,478,794$1,432,885$1,456,142$877,297
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$38,653,180$25,767,609$36,252,628$37,913,660$23,319,104
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$912,148,951$942,410,000$948,517,379$994,805,635$1,158,721,800
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$95,730$76,606$86,541$19,950$18,904
Other revenue$142,020$149,658$107,147$97,576$127,459
Total other revenue$237,750$226,264$193,688$117,526$146,363
Total revenue$912,386,701$942,636,264$948,711,067$994,923,161$1,158,868,163
Program services$852,254,312$897,871,890$898,292,414$936,845,315$1,117,029,079
Management and general$13,108,438$11,116,713$9,423,610$8,151,419$8,034,135
Total expenses$902,161,640$953,123,283$950,372,099$980,328,605$1,159,048,247
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$10,225,061($10,487,019)($1,661,032)$14,594,556($180,084)
Other changes in net assets$2,662,510$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$12,887,571($10,487,019)($1,661,032)$14,594,556($180,084)


Robin G MahfoodDirector, CEO, President$469,654
Angel AlomaExecutive Director$294,575
Alvaro J PereiraSpeakers Director$251,011
Edward RaineExecutive VP$248,197
Mark KhouriVice President$227,598
Natalie F CarlisleMajor Gifts Director$213,060
Dennis A NorthCFO$200,745
Michael AntonProjects Director$182,977
Arthur GoldklangShipping Director$171,392
Frederick KhouriCOO$169,720
David PriceSecretary$84,000

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2018

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.


Since its inception in 1982, Food For The Poor has provided more than $15.7 billion in aid and has built more than 85,400 homes for the destitute.

The charity follows the principle that education and self-help must fortify charity work so recipients learn to break the cycle of poverty. FFP supports programs to teach recipients how to raise livestock, develop small businesses and provides agricultural assistance to independent farmers.

FFP was founded in 1982 by Ferdinand Mahfood. His vision was instrumental in guiding FFP as it became the most significant relief organization in the Caribbean and Central America. Robin Mahfood, who has extensive experience in business management and an in-depth knowledge of the Caribbean, assumed the Presidency/CEO role in 2000 and provides leadership for FFP during this time of explosive growth.

Created to help destitute people in Caribbean and Latin America, FFP has forged a spirit of cooperation between churches of the First World and churches of the Third World. FFP collects funds nationally, purchases goods cost-effectively on the world market, ships the items duty-free and arranges for their distribution to the poor through churches, missionaries and charity organizations in 17 countries.

Program accomplishments

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 2018, the charity provided more than 304 million meals to malnourished children and their families. In the first six months of 2019, the charity has provided more than 146 million meals. 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.

Throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, the poor often live in dilapidated shacks made of scraps of wood, metal, plastic and cardboard. This type of shelter offers little protection from the elements, insects and rodents. As a result, illness and disease are rampant, especially among those who are most vulnerable -- the young and elderly. In addition, the poor who live in these conditions are particularly devastated by natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes.

Since inception, Food For The Poor has built more than 85,400 safe and secure homes. These homes not only benefit the families receiving them, but also provide a source of much-needed work for local laborers. (House designs and construction materials may vary in different countries.) Food For The Poor has constructed 10,397 homes in Haiti since the January 2010 earthquake.

The importance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty is crucial. To this end, Food For The Poor ships books, school supplies, furniture, computers and other needed items to schools throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Food For The Poor solicits used school desks, furniture and other equipment from school districts in the United States when they replace these items. Such classroom necessities are then shipped to schools in need.

In addition to providing supplies, Food For The Poor also supports school feeding programs in the countries we serve. For many poor children, the nutritious food they receive at school may be their only meal of the day. The meals not only help a child concentrate, learn and develop, but they also serve as a powerful incentive for parents to send their children to school.

In 2018, Food For The Poor built, repaired or expanded 58 schools, and shipped 317 tractor-trailer loads of school furniture, books and educational supplies to schools, giving children from destitute families valuable tools for learning. In the first six months of 2019, Food For The Poor has built, repaired or expanded 33 schools, and shipped 35 tractor-trailer loads of school furniture, books and educational supplies to schools.

Medical Care
Medical care and treatment is often minimal or underfunded in the countries we serve.

Food For The Poor currently provides medical institutions with supplies to care for the sick. Food For The Poor solicits donations from major medical suppliers of equipment and medicines for distribution throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. In Haiti, Food For The Poor operates outpatient clinics and supplies hospitals with food, medicine and medical equipment. Food For The Poor also supports hospitals, clinics, HIV/AIDS facilities, homes for the elderly, and children's homes throughout the Caribbean and Latin America by providing food, medicine and medical supplies. In 2018, a total of 611 tractor-trailer loads of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies were sent to help care for the sick in the countries we serve. In the first six months of 2019, a total of 273 tractor-trailer loads of pharmaceuticals, medical supplies, medical furniture and medical equipment were sent.

Children's Homes
Food For The Poor has specially selected children's homes to participate in our Angels Of Hope program. These children's homes are safe havens where the children can grow and develop mentally, physically and spiritually in a loving Christian environment. Additionally, the charity supports homes for at-risk children and the elderly.

In the first six months of 2019, caring donors have sponsored 7,490 orphaned or abandoned children in 184 children's homes. We encourage our donors to build a relationship with sponsored children to encourage them and let them know that they are loved and valued.

The need for clean, safe drinking water is critical in the countries we serve. In some cases, local water sources might be polluted or contaminated. In other instances, women and children must walk for hours to a water source, returning home with heavy buckets that contain their family's daily water supply, with no certainty of its purity.

Food For The Poor provides villages and communities with safe alternatives to drinking polluted water. Water wells, pumps, water treatment units, cisterns and sanitation facilities greatly reduce illnesses, diseases and parasites associated with polluted or contaminated water. In the first six months of 2019, Food For The Poor installed 56 water wells.

Solar-powered water purification and chlorination units guarantee potable water, regardless of the condition of the water source. Since 1998, the organization has completed 2,452 water projects.

With the help of Water Mission, in the first six months of 2019, Food For The Poor installed five water filtration units for a total of 191 water filtration units since 2008. Each unit purifies and chlorinates up to 10,000 gallons of water a day.

Micro-Enterprise Development

Providing the poor with long-term, sustainable solutions to poverty is a priority at Food For The Poor. To accomplish this, the organization has developed several micro-enterprise programs that help the poor help themselves through self-sustaining income-generating and food-producing projects.

Some of these projects include:

  • Fishing villages in Jamaica, Haiti, Honduras and Dominica
  • Agricultural research and training centers
  • Aquaculture fish farms
  • Animal husbandry projects
  • Bakeries
  • Bee farming and honey production
  • Woodworking shops
  • Sewing enterprises
  • Women's vocational training centers
These skills training and micro-enterprise projects help the poor earn an income and learn a viable trade. In many cases, those receiving help will in turn help others in their community.

Fishing villages are a prime example of the effectiveness of self-help projects. When destitute coastal villages are selected to participate in Food For The Poor's fishing village program, a fishing cooperative is formed. The cooperative is supplied with boats, motors, fishing tackle and safety gear, refrigeration equipment, a storage facility and training in deep-sea fishing.

Thanks to these resources, fishermen are then able to fish in deeper, more bountiful waters and catch larger, more profitable fish. The entire village benefits from this enterprise because many of the villagers buy fish wholesale in order to sell it retail, while others sell fish to local residents. Additionally, the fishermen are required to return a portion of their proceeds to those who are less fortunate.

There are 74 fishing villages in operation: 15 in Jamaica, 43 in Haiti, 15 in Honduras and one in Dominica.

Disaster Relief
Whenever the need arises, Food For The Poor stands ready to send immediate assistance to those affected by natural disasters.

On Oct. 6, 2018, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck Port-de-Paix, Haiti, killed 18 people and damaged hundreds of structures, according to published reports. Food For The Poor's headquarters in Florida airfreighted 10 pallets of kerosene stoves, canned sausages, blankets, flashlights with batteries, personal hygiene kits and eight pallets of tarps to the charity's offices in Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haitien. Food For The Poor-Haiti sent five truckloads of food, medicine and hygiene items from Port-au-Prince and two from Cap-Haitien to the three emergency centers in the northwest part of the country. A truckload of medicine was shipped to the Alma Mater Hospital of the Catholic Church, in Gros-Morne, the Bereca Hospital of the Evangelical Baptist Union of Haiti, in Pointe de Palmistes, and the Immaculate Conception Hospital in Port-de-Paix.

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 published reports, the eruption of Volcan de Fuego killed 194 people, 260 are officially declared missing. The volcanic eruption was the most severe in 45 years and the volcano is one of the most active in Central America. 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.

On Sept. 18, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall on the Caribbean island of Dominica as a powerful Category 5 hurricane with winds of more than 155 mph. Between September 2017 and June 2018, Food For The Poor shipped 94 tractor-trailer loads of relief items that included nonperishable food, two-burner liquid petroleum gas (propane) stoves, commercial-grade and standby generators, 5-gallon buckets with cleaning supplies, and rebuilding supplies, such as lumber, nails, zinc panels and tools. Food For The Poor works with primary partner R.E.A.C.H, (Reaching Elderly Abandoned Citizens Housebound) that is helping to distribute these much-needed relief items to storm victims. The charity also donated a heavy duty forklift capable of lifting entire empty containers to help reduce congestion at the port and unload aid faster.

While Food For The Poor's mission primarily is to serve internationally, the charity has responded in the past to catastrophic disasters in the United States and the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico. On Sept. 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico as a Category 4 hurricane killing hundreds and destroying an estimated 250,000 homes and damaging 400,000 others. Thousands on the island were without electric power for nearly a year after the storm. Thanks to generous donors and partners, thousands of families in Puerto Rico received much-needed aid.

In 2018, Food For The Poor shipped 47 tractor-trailer loads of aid to Puerto Rico, including more than 200 commercial-grade and standby generators. The ministry is working with the Catholic charity Caritas to distribute relief. Caritas Puerto Rico started in 1969 and has 200 parishes in 60 municipalities on the island. Food For The Poor worked with the Episcopal Church to assure the distribution of the relief items. The church has 52 parishes throughout the island, warehouses and transportation, which are vital for reaching the rural communities.

Food For The Poor works directly with churches, the clergy, missionaries and other nongovernmental organizations in the countries where we serve. The organization asks what's needed and then supplies the requested items. This direct distribution method helps assure that only those items that are actually needed are shipped, and it also helps keep operational costs to a minimum.

Since 1982, Food For The Poor has shipped 88,853 containers of goods. Agreements with the governments of the countries that receive aid allow these shipments to enter the countries duty-free.

Food For The Poor partners with local organizations in the countries we serve in order to be effective and efficient. Jamaica, the first country assisted by Food For The Poor, today includes more than 1,300 churches as partners in the distribution of food, medicine, educational supplies and other needed items.

Since 1989, the charity's street feeding program in Kingston, Jamaica, has been operated in partnership with the Salvation Army.

Haiti, the largest recipient of aid from the charity, has an expansive network of island-wide distribution hubs, and supports thousands of partners in feeding the poorest of the poor.


Currently, there are numerous opportunities to support the work of FFP. Children and families in the western hemisphere's poorest nation, Haiti, are served FFP. The ministry is also actively working in Guatemala, meeting essential needs there. One can utilize the "gift catalog" to provide for essential needs of people helped by FFP. On special occasions, give friends and loved ones something that will be cherished and touch their hearts. Through the Angels of Hope child sponsorship program, about a dollar a day will help support a child. Through Angels of the Poor program, one can express their ongoing concern for the most disadvantaged of Gods children. Tribute gifts and matching gifts are also encouraged. To learn of other ways to help, visit the "How to Help" section of the website.