Founded: 1982; Founder: Ferdinand Mahfood; Type: Non-profit organization; Focus: Impoverished people throughout Latin America and the Caribbean; Location: Coconut Creek,
Florida, United States; Area served: Seventeen countries throughout Latin America and the Caribbean; Method: Direct assistance of churches and charity organizations operating within in-need areas through the delivery of food, medicine, housing,
and other vital goods; Key people: Ed Raine (President, CEO); Employees: 300+ (2020) History In 1982, Ferdinand Mahfood began Food For The Poor  to aid the poor and downtrodden in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Jamaica, the first country assisted by Food For The Poor, today includes more than 1,800 churches as partners in the distribution of food, medicine, educational supplies and
other needed items.
 On April 11, 2018 the attorney general for the state of California, Xavier Becerra, filed a limited CEASE AND DESIST order to Food For The Poor, alleging its claim that
95.6% of all donations, including donated goods, to Food For The Poor went directly to programs that help the poor was incorrect and misleading and that the actual number (for 2013) was 66.2% of cash donations.
Angels of Hope Food For The Poor has a child sponsorship program that operates in many of the countries it serves in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Food For The Poor, Inc. (FFP) is an ecumenical Christian nonprofit organization based in Coconut Creek, Florida, United States that provides food, medicine, and shelter, among
other services, to the poor in Latin America and the Caribbean.
 As of 2020, Food For The Poor employs more than 300 people out of its Coconut Creek location, in addition to employing members of the Clergy as speakers
across the United States.
Fundraising programs Food for the Poor aids the poor through donations of money and supplies, mostly from the United States.
 Since 1982, Food For The Poor has distributed more than $12 billion worth of food, medicine, housing materials, water and other aid to the poor of the Caribbean
and Latin America.
Champions For The Poor is a personal fundraising program that was founded in 2009 and lets supporters create webpages to raise funds for the poor in the Caribbean and Latin
The charity’s teams in Haiti were able to build 1,086 housing units in 114 days, and now are helping storm victims replant crops and rebuild livestock to offset growing food
scarcity Partners Food For The Poor partners with local organizations in the countries where they work.
 On September 20, 2019, the California Attorney General’s office announced that it had secured a Cease and Desist Order and over $1 million in penalties against MAP International,
Food for the Poor, and CMMB (Catholic Medical Mission Board), for deceptive solicitation tactics.
Targeted crisis relief programs In addition to its general community development and direct aid programs designed to reduce poverty and malnutrition, Food For The Poor
provides targeted relief for humanitarian crises.
 Haiti, the largest recipient of aid from the charity, has an expansive network of island-wide distribution hubs, and supports thousands of partners in feeding the poorest
of the poor.
The state also claims that the charity used improper accounting techniques where they would take the inflated US retail value of expiring pharmaceuticals that were donated
or made available by Pharma companies for delivery to third world countries and count that value the same as cash donations.
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