#GivingTuesday2023: Food For The Poor Donors Can Triple Aid to Hungry Families
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2023) – As skyrocketing food prices, climate shocks, global conflicts, and the continued fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to cause hardships for struggling families, Food For The Poor (FFTP) donors have an opportunity to triple their compassion on #GivingTuesday.
Thanks to a generous match from longtime partner Feed My Starving Children, every dollar provided by FFTP donors by midnight, Nov. 28, will be matched to deliver $3 worth of food, up to $750,000, that could aid a child suffering from malnutrition and possibly even save their life.
“During these challenging times, our hearts go out to the countless families who are struggling to put food on the table and secure a better future for their children. It’s never been more critical to come together as a global community to extend a helping hand to those who need it most,” FFTP President/CEO Ed Raine said.
“Because gifts during this #GivingTuesday campaign can be tripled, donors can help us deliver additional food that could aid a child suffering from malnutrition and, possibly, even save their life,” Raine added.
Latin America faces the highest costs in the world to access and maintain a healthy diet amid the region’s chronic problem of food insecurity, according to a United Nations representative for Latin America and the Caribbean.
In Haiti, nearly 5 million people do not get enough food to eat on a daily basis, the United Nations World Food Programme said.
A strong El Niño and resulting warmer sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean will push additional people into food insecurity next year, experts warn, as too much rain in some areas, while not enough in others, will disrupt agricultural production and livelihoods.
In Guatemala, Blanca lives with her mother and four children, including twin 19-month-old girls whose reddish blond hair is a result of malnutrition common in early childhood in developing countries throughout the tropics.
Blanca’s husband left her, leaving her nowhere to go but back home to her mother, who is ill. Food is difficult to come by.
“We get by with beans and tortillas and some vegetables, sometimes eggs,” Blanca said. “We sometimes add a pepper and some weeds. Sometimes, we eat potatoes but those are hard to boil, it takes too much water to boil them.”
For the past decade, FFTP 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 set aside to inspire people to collaborate to improve their communities and support the causes they believe in.
Over the years, FFTP donors have responded generously.
Last year, donors gave enough funds to provide 9.4 million lifesaving meals. In 2021, 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 Feed My Starving Children. Visit foodforthepoor.org/givingtuesday23 to support FFTP’s #GivingTuesday initiative for 2023 and help provide a family with lifesaving food.
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 Latin America and the Caribbean. 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 FoodForThePoor.org.