Food For The Poor’s 2019 Annual Report: Building Relationships with New Partners, Providing Ongoing Aid to the Bahamas
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (May 11, 2020) Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the United States, executed new sustainable development strategies to help the poor in 2019.
At the same time, the charity forged new relationships with the Episcopal, Baptist and Catholic churches to help the Bahamas recover after Hurricane Dorian.
In 2019, Food For The Poor provided $901 million in aid, thanks to the generous support of its donors.
“The 2019 Annual Report highlights how Food For The Poor provided a beacon of hope to families in the Caribbean and Latin America and gave them a new start in life,” Food For The Poor President/CEO Ed Raine said. “Our aim is to not only help even more poor families, but to lift them up to help them become self-sufficient.”
The charity developed a new partnership with Minuto de Dios, in Colombia, to help bring relief to tens of thousands of Venezuelan migrants who fled to escape shortage of food, water and medicine in their country.
The partnership goes beyond emergency aid. Minuto de Dios is providing counseling, and job training to poor families while empowering them to manage their own success and development.
In the Bahamas, Food For The Poor sent 31 tractor-trailer loads of aid and one air freight shipment full of emergency supplies in response to Hurricane Dorian.
Last year, the charity built 3,113 homes for families in need of safe shelter. That brings the total to 86,670 homes since 1982.
Essential donated goods are an integral part of the work of Food For The Poor and are an important contribution to alleviating the suffering of the poor. In 2019, the charity shipped 3,262 containers, which were filled with valuable donated and purchased goods.
The lifesaving and life-transforming items provided by donors included:
- 660 tractor-trailer loads of medicines and supplies.
- 123 tractor-trailer loads of school furniture, books and supplies.
More than 20 million lifesaving meals a month were provided to malnourished children and families in 2019. Donors also made it possible for the charity to provide meals six days a week to feed the hungry poor at its feeding center in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
Food For The Poor is committed to income-generating projects in the communities where homes are built, giving families the ability to break free of poverty, and other long-term projects such as providing children with an education. In 2019, donors built, repaired or expanded 51 schools.
“Because of the unwavering support of our donors, Food For The Poor is enabling the families we serve to flourish, while preserving their environment for future generations,” Raine said. “The seeds that are planted become crops. The hatchlings in our fishing villages become schools of fish that reproduce every year. Children are educated, so they can provide for their children and future generations.”
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 primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicine, educational materials, homes, support for orphaned and abandoned children, care for the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.
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