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 $14.8 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 more than 76,700 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 37 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.

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