Jamaica Consul General Delivers Donation to Food For The Poor
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Aug. 27, 2015) – Jamaica Consul General Franz Hall met with Food For The Poor President/CEO Robin Mahfood at the organization’s headquarters on Wednesday to present the charity with a donation collected during the Annual Ecumenical Service on Aug. 2, 2015, in celebration of Jamaica’s 53rd Anniversary of Independence.
“It’s important to help organizations that are making positive contributions. Food For The Poor is well respected in Jamaica and partners with other Christian organizations to help families in need,” said Consul General Hall. “The work that Food For The Poor is doing resonates with all of the countries and communities it serves.”
Jamaica, the first country assisted by Food For The Poor, today includes more than 5,000 churches and institutions as partners in the distribution of food, medicine, educational supplies and other needed items. For more than 33 years, Food For The Poor has been helping people throughout the Caribbean and Latin America to break the cycle of poverty – one family at a time.
“Food For The Poor has worked with the Jamaica Consul General for many years and is honored and humbled to receive this donation on behalf of the South Florida Diaspora. This gift will be used toward our continued efforts to help improve the lives of the poor and suffering in Jamaica,” said Mahfood.
Food For The Poor has completed 335 projects in Jamaica over the past five years and since inception, through the generosity of donors, has built nearly 40,000 housing units island-wide.
In honor of the island’s 50 years of independence in August 2012, Food For The Poor launched the Jamaica 50/50 campaign. The organization committed to building or replacing 50 schools within 50 months, and the project was completed in December 2014, two-and-a-half years ahead of schedule. In addition to the Jamaica 50/50 campaign, Food For The Poor committed to building or replacing another 25 schools. As of June 2015, nine out the 25 have been completed.
Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.
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