#GivingTuesday 2022: Food For The Poor Donors Provide More Than 9 Million Meals
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Dec. 1, 2022) Food For The Poor donors opened their hearts on #GivingTuesday to provide much-needed food for families in desperate need.
Donors gave enough funds to provide 9.4 million lifesaving meals.
Thanks to a generous match from longtime partner Feed My Starving Children, every dollar provided by midnight Tuesday was tripled to deliver additional food that could aid children suffering from malnutrition and possibly even save their lives.
The meals come at a critical time after inflation and surging food prices have left many families in extreme poverty in the countries served by Food For The Poor suffering even more on top of months of crippling economic hardships because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a report released on Nov. 22, the United Nations warned of rising food insecurity around the world as poorer countries face increasing pressure to secure food supplies.
According to the report, “An unrelenting series of crises has trapped vulnerable Haitians in a cycle of growing desperation, without access to food, fuel, markets, jobs and public services.”
The country relies on imports for half of its food, including 80 percent of its rice. Any increase in the cost of food or a decrease in its volume, the report said, will result in starvation for countless more Haitians.
A separate report by CARICOM and the United Nations World Food Programme noted a significant rise in the number of Caribbean households experiencing even moderate food insecurity.
“The gift of this food is needed now more than ever,” Food For The Poor President/CEO Ed Raine said. “Because of the generosity of our donors, we can be a blessing to even more families suffering from prolonged hunger.”
The relationship between Food For The Poor and FMSC, a Christian nonprofit organization based in Coon Rapids, Minn., goes back many years and has grown exponentially. Since 2009, the partnership has added up to almost 1.2 billion donated meals.
For the past decade, Food For The Poor has been part of the global movement #GivingTuesday, celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.
Founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y, a community and cultural center in New York City, #GivingTuesday is recognized on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is a day set aside to inspire people to collaborate to improve their communities and support the causes they believe in.
Over the years, Food For The Poor donors have responded generously. Last year, donors provided funds for more than 100 homes for families in desperate need of shelter, plus $2.2 million worth of MannaPack rice meals from FMSC.
Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry children and families living in poverty primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, water, medicine, educational materials, homes, support for vulnerable children, care for the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.