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The preservation of human dignity and the care of those in need

Ferdinand Mahfood founded Food For The Poor in 1982. FFTP launched its first Micro-enterprise program in 1984, but it's not until 1988 that its hunger and poverty relief operations really reached a more mature stage. While FFTP was founded on the religious principle that it is our moral duty to clothe and feed the poor (Mathew:25), Food For The Poor is neutral, impartial, apolitical, and encompassing of all religions and beliefs. FFTP holds the preservation of human dignity and the care of those in need as a core principle. Our assistance programs are based on a sustainable and holistic approach to proverty alleviation. It is our goal to demonstrate that poverty is not inevitable.

Hunger Relief

Our food distribution programs provide food to those who cannot afford it or lack access to nutritious meals regardless of their religion or background. Our hunger relief efforts require the implementation of complex food distribution logistics that involve warehousing, transportation to remote areas, establishing distribution centers, community gardens, and agricultural development projects aimed at increasing local food production.

Our program includes the following solutions:

  • Distribution of MannaPacks: MannaPacks contain a blend of rice, soy protein, dehydrated vegetables, and a mixture of essential vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, and zinc. These ingredients are carefully selected to provide a balanced and nutritious meal that can help combat malnutrition and promote overall health.
  • Family & Community Gardens: Food produced from individual gardens encourages healthy eating and provides vital nutrients.
  • Community Markets: They Provide residents with food, supplies, and services and help support the economy of the community.

Poverty Relief

We expanded our hunger relief programs to include poverty interventions to have a lasting impact on the families we help. These programs aim to address the root causes of poverty and improve the overall well-being of impoverished individuals and communities. The initiatives include job training programs, microfinance initiatives, access to education and healthcare, and infrastructure development.

Our program includes the following types of solutions:

  • Housing: A home helps people establish strong social, economic, and cultural ties in their community and enables them to live and raise families in a safe, supportive environment.
  • Community Health Centers:: Residents have access to services supporting health and wellness.
  • Clean Water: Access to clean water helps promote good health and hygiene, lowers the risk of death, and halts the spread of disease.
  • Micro-enterprise: Microenterprise development contributes to poverty alleviation by creating sustainable pathways out of poverty for individuals and families. By generating income, building assets, and creating employment opportunities, microenterprises help lift people out of poverty and improve overall economic well-being in communities.


No Hunger

No Hunger

End hunger for families struggling in poverty and provide accessibility to nutritious food.

No Poverty

No Poverty

Eliminate poverty and build long-term resilience and sustainability.

Good Health

Good Health

Prevent unnecessary suffering for families who are held back in poverty due to treatable illnesses.



Providing access to education empowers the next generation to break the poverty cycle.


2022 Financial Reports

In 2022, administrative expenses represented 2.6% of the total expenses and remained in line with 2021, while program services, including donated goods, cash grants, and cash purchases, accounted for 88.2% of total expenses. Fundraising expenses increased to 9.2% compared to 4.9% in the prior year, reflecting donor acquisition's more competitive nature in an inflationary economy and the post-COVID era. Donated Goods accounted for 74% of revenue, while Cash, Pledges, and other Income totaled 26%. Health Care and Basic needs—including food and home assistance—remain our priority. However, we don't underestimate the long-term importance of Education and Community Development within the context of poverty and hunger relief strategies.

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Food For The Poor Milestones Since Its Inception


  • FFTP Celebrates 40th anniversary.


  • Expands operations to include Covid-19 relief.


  • FFTP Thanks the donors for their loving generosity and support making it possible to help save lives and tranform communites in the porest countries it serves.


  • FFTP celebrates 25 years of serving the poor in Haiti.


  • FFTP responds to 7.0 earthquare in Haiti with food, water, medicines, building supplies, tools, and hygiene kits.


  • FFTP expands to feed more than 2 milliion people each day, six days a week throughout the countries it serves.
  • The Taiwan ICDF deepens its partnerships with FFTP by donating aid to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, and Nicaragua.


  • FFTP is ranked largest hunger and poverty relief charity in the U.S. by The Chronicle of Philanthropy.


  • FFTP relocates headquarters to Coconut Creek, FL.


  • FFTP implements first aquaculture project 'The Chamalecon Tilapia Project' in Honduras.


  • FFTP distributes more than 138 million pounds of food in the countries it serves.


  • FFTP launches first fishing village in Old Pera, Jamaica.
  • FFTP is recognized as 4th largest hunger and poverty relief charity in the Unites States.


  • FFTP opens a new warehouse in Haiti.


  • FFTP expands and begins serving the poor in Central America (El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala, and Honduras).


  • FFTP builds first school 'Ti Ayiti School' in Cite Soleil, Haiti


  • FFTP launches its first program targetted to help orphans by building a dorm to house 24 street boys 'Lazarus Project'.


  • FFTP extended disaster relief to USA for Hurricane Andrew by supplying food, batteries, and first aid kids to neighborhoos in Florida.
  • FFTP drills first water well in Haiti.


  • FFTP launches education support program Delivering Educational Support to Kids. FFTP Ships nearly 5 million pounds of school furniture to Caribbean schools.
  • FFTP completes first disaster relief operation to respond to Hurricane Gilbert in Jamaica.
  • FFTP distributes good from its warehouse in Kingston.


  • FFTP builds first home in Jamaica.


  • FFTP launches Banana Bark - its first micro-enterprise program


  • Following a transformative visit to a poorhouse in Kingston, Jamaica, Ferdinand Mahfood founded Food For The Poor to address poverty in the region.