Emergency Response & COVID-19

ST. VINCENT VOLCANO RELIEF

April 12, 2021

La Soufriere Volcano in St. Vincent continues to erupt forcing families and children to evacuate on cruise ships and to shelters in neighbouring islands. FFP is prepared and working with in-country partners, Caritas Antilles, FEEL and local coast guards to assist the relief efforts from St. Lucia, Trinidad, and Barbados. Current relief efforts involve distribution of food and hand sanitizer to shelters accepting evacuees and distribution of disaster aid kits including blankets, hygiene kits, and kid’s activity books to displaced families. FFP is also actively supporting the aid effort in St. Vincent with local partner, Diocese of Kingstown.

Support affected communities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines!

COVID-19 RESPONSE UPDATES

March 2021

With the COVID-19 vaccination rollout being implemented all around the world, Food For The Poor Canada (FFPC) is working with its in-country partners and the respective Ministries of Health to provide vaccination support to as many communities as possible through the procurement and donation of essential medical supplies.

Through this collaboration, FFPC is determining the needs of each country in order to provide urgently needed items such as syringes, needles, sharps disposal kits, hand sanitizer, PPE, and other requested medical supplies to vaccinate communities safely and quickly.

You can help stop the spread of the virus, and save lives in Latin America and the Caribbean, by supporting FFPC with its vaccination rollout efforts. 

February 2021

Food For The Poor Canada continues to proactively and effectively respond to the pandemic in Caribbean and Latin American regions. Food For The Poor Canada’s emergency response is focusing on providing medical supplies and food. Local partners have expressed concern for the growing food shortages and mounting food insecurity, especially within vulnerable communities. FFPC uses a strong network of Canadian and Caribbean partners rooted in the communities it serves with the capacity for effective and accountable distribution and project management.

Since March 2020, FFPC donors have provided:

  • Over 7.8 million meals of dried vegetable soup mix, rice, and beans
  • PPE in the form of face shields and hand sanitizer
  • 100 hospital mattresses that are made in Jamaica and easily sanitized
  • Respiratory spacers, pediatric medicine, first aid supplies, and medical inhalers for individuals with asthma and COPD

Hurricane Eta Response

Hurricane Eta has caused severe flooding across Honduras, Jamaica and neighbouring countries. Thousands have lost their homes, their possessions and most tragically, loved ones. Roads have become rivers and many families have been stranded without a way to access food or clean water. Families have had to evacuate areas at risk of mud slides and seek shelter elsewhere.

FFPC has been working with our in-country partner CEPUDO during the pandemic to deliver and distribute food aid. Now, this natural disaster has only increased the urgency and need for immediate food and supplies.

Support Hurricane Eta response with FFPC and help families left stranded by the hurricane with food and supplies.

March 2020

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, countries around the world are scrambling to source adequate medical supplies to brace for a surge of patients who will need care. We are thankful for strong leadership and safety nets provided by the Government of Canada and the Canadian healthcare system. Many countries are struggling to cope with this pandemic. For example, health care systems in the Caribbean and Latin America are already fragile and the spread of COVID-19 has the potential to further cripple their health care systems. 

Food For The Poor Canada remains committed to helping communities across the Caribbean and Latin America by responding to this crisis with a two-fold approach. Our in-country partners have identified a dire need for hospital equipment and supplies to prepare for the virus and we must ensure that regular shipments of food and medicines are not impacted or halted during this time. 

What We Do

We are working with our partners to source hospital equipment and supplies to help heal patients severely affected by COVID-19. Furthermore, we know that hundreds of feeding enters, local charities, churches and community centres rely on consistent food deliveries through FFPC, so these shipments are even more important at this critical time.

Together, we can support countries facing greater difficulties during this challenging time. We must stick together as a global community, to unite and commit to the health and wellbeing of ALL community members. Please donate today and support Food For The Poor Canada’s mission to help families in Latin America and the Caribbean during this crisis. 

Hurricane Dorian

The Caribbean and Latin America are vulnerable to flooding and hurricanes, as well as drought and earthquakes. Food For The Poor prepares year round, in advance of natural disasters and in the spring for hurricane season, sourcing water tablets and food, as well as other emergency supplies. We position these supplies on the ground in advance of hurricanes, where possible, so we can access and respond immediately to communities that may be inaccessible after a storm with clean water and food.

What We Do

Food For The Poor International, one of the largest charities working in the region for the past 38 years has created a network of strong in-country partners and relationships with all levels of government. During an emergency we’re able to receive real time updates about the need on the ground and coordinate with our partners to ensure aid is delivered efficiently, using our well established distribution infrastructure and networks. 

After a disaster strikes, we work with these partners to address the immediate needs of a community by providing food, water purification tablets and medicines. We also supply building materials to help build and repair homes.

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News and Updates

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