Our History


Food For The Poor Canada is the Canadian branch of the international charity, Food For The Poor. Worldwide, the charity consists of Food For The Poor, Inc. in the United States, and Food For The Poor Jamaica, Haiti and Guyana. Food For The Poor Canada works with Canadians to support a network of established partners in countries across the Caribbean and Latin America, responding to urgent needs and supporting community development.

Since its founding in 1982, Food For The Poor Inc., one of the largest international relief and development organizations, based in the United States,  has distributed more than $11.4 billion in food, medical, educational, construction and small business supplies to 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. Food For The Poor has built over 110,000 homes, hundreds of schools and community centres,  provides food to hundreds of thousands of children and their families every day, drills life-giving water wells, ships medicines and medical supplies, provides skills training and micro-enterprise opportunities, promotes self-sustainable development projects, ships educational supplies and computers, and supports scholarships to give children an education that will enable them to break free from the cycle of poverty.

In 1991, Food For The Poor of Canada, Inc. was incorporated as the Canadian branch of the organization. It was supported by volunteers until 2008 when Samantha Mahfood was hired as Executive Director to expand the reach of Food For The Poor in Canada, to increase the work that Canadians were doing for children and their families in the Caribbean and Latin America. Food For The Poor Canada supports projects mainly in Jamaica and Haiti, countries known for their poverty as well as their strong people. Our programming falls within five areas: food, housing, health, education and livelihood.

Our work continues to build on the foundation and the 36 years of experience of Food For The Poor. We benefit from economies of scale in our work and partnerships, as well as the established network of partners on the ground in the Caribbean and Latin America.

Latest News

30th School Built by Food For The Poor Canada in Jamaica
17 Jul 09:34 am

This past week, Food For The Poor Canada (FFPC) and Food For The Poor Jamaica welcomed Helping...

Food For The Poor Canada Partners with the Carpenters’ Union and Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation
6 Jul 10:02 am

As Food For The Poor Canada continues the celebration of it’s 10th year, the second of three...

Annual walkathon raises funds to build school in Jamaica
22 Jun 12:37 pm

Together with our education partner Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation, Food For The Poor staff participated in the...

ICHS Food and Nutrition Labs gets major upgrade thanks to Canadian donors
22 Jun 11:38 am

We recently joined forces with ICHS Alumnae Association Toronto Chapter to help rebuild the Food and Nutrition...

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