Guerdy’s Story

FOND ROUGE DAHERE, HAITI By:  Debi Springer Deep in the heart of a mountain region in southwest Haiti a group of women, children and men survived the devastation of Hurricane Matthew. They live quietly, supporting each other by giving and sharing whatever they have. When someone finds food, the entire community partakes. At night, they […]

My Journey to Guyana, Land of Many Waters

Leann Chong, our Director of Missions & Travel, is excited to lead our first group mission trip to Guyana from March 6-11, 2017. On my first trip to Guyana, the “Land of Many Waters,” I followed the advice I give to all mission trip participants: travel without any expectations, but go with an open heart […]

A Letter to Guatemala

Last month, Sarah Stachak traveled with us on a “Journey of Hope” to Guatemala. Her trip inspired her to write this heartfelt letter. Dear Guatemala, Gracias por abrir mis ojos a su cultura, gente hermosa y recordándome cuáles son las verdaderas prioridades: survival, family and faith. The day our mission team flew to Guatemala, the […]

A Journey Home to Haiti – Part Two

Cassandra Celestin, a Special Events Coordinator at Food For The Poor, shares her experience upon returning to her home country of Haiti for the first time in nearly 16 years. Yesterday, we shared part one of Cassandra’s Journey Home to Haiti. Finally I understood why those who leave the provinces to come to Port-au-Prince often say in […]

A Journey Home to Haiti – Part One

Cassandra Celestin, a Special Events Coordinator at Food For The Poor, shares her experience upon returning to her home country of Haiti for the first time in nearly 16 years.  Summer of 1999 was the most exhilarating and fun summer of my childhood. I had traveled to the United States to spend a few weeks […]

Hope in Haiti

By Michael Turnbell   In Haiti, little things make a huge impact. The joy of a child seeing his or herself in a picture for the first time. A new soccer ball. A piece of candy. New shoes or a beautiful handmade dress with a matching doll. Most of the time, just the gift of […]

Hungry Eyes Team Packs Meals with a Heart for Haiti

Food For The Poor donor and Join The Pack team captain Julie Steere shares her experience of our recent meal packing event. Nearly 300 starving children in Haiti will receive food every day for a year from Food For The Poor, thanks to volunteers who packed 101,088 lifesaving meals during the charity’s first Join The […]

Food For The Poor Partners Provide Earthquake Relief to Ecuador

As Ecuador continues to recover from the April earthquake, longtime Food For The Poor partner Hormel Foods is providing essential food assistance. The charity will ship: 16 pallets of SKIPPY® peanut butter. 13 pallets of SPAM® single packages. Seaboard Marine has agreed to ship the relief items at no cost to the charity. Shipments of rice […]

Sisters Reunited

Before they were reunited at an Angels Of Hope orphanage in Guyana, Devine and her sisters had little hope for the future. The girls were physically abused by their parents and often witnessed them using drugs. Forced to care for themselves, Devine’s 5-year-old sister, Destyne, would rummage through trash bins for food to fill her […]

Mission Trip to Haiti: Gathered Up by Their Love and Joy

Fr. Tony Palazzolo, a Food For The Poor Speaker, recently returned from leading a Mission trip to Haiti, and he shared his reflections on the experience. This was one of the most memorable Mission experiences for me personally. Why? Because of the dramatic change/improvement we experienced in [the village of] La Fosse from the previous […]

Join The Pack to Help Starving Children in Haiti

Katiana Antoine is a recent graduate of Florida International University. She enjoys writing and volunteering for different causes, and especially loves working with young children and youth. She is looking forward to joining us at our Join The Pack event on June 4. How often do you starve? Sounds a bit silly, but if we “starved” […]

Rising Together: Food For The Poor Honors Women

By Michael Turnbell People and organizations around the world will celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women in honor of International Women’s Day on March 8. Food For The Poor will construct a bakery in San Fernando, Honduras, to help struggling women and their families, many of whom live in shacks and […]

A Mother’s Legacy Honored Through Education

By Amber Noe Nearly all the opportunities life has presented me are thanks, in large part, to the blessings of receiving a solid education. Yet, for so many, those opportunities are left unrealized; unfulfilled. Alas, how can a child have hope of putting pencil to paper, if he doesn’t know when he’ll be putting food […]

Students Learn the Stories Behind Our Photos

On January 13, 40 third grade students from Palm Beach Day Academy in Palm Beach, Florida, visited Food For The Poor’s Coconut Creek headquarters. Four years ago, the school began a partnership with Food For The Poor as a way to teach the students to be globally competent citizens. During their visit, the students met […]

The Chicken and the Egg in Kadwa

We’re so grateful to Dani Johnson and her incredible compassion for the poor. Through her King’s Ransom Foundation, thousands of lives are being transformed (in a good way) in Haiti, Nicaragua and beyond. Take for instance a multi-faceted project that continues to unfold in Kadwa, Haiti. Thanks to King’s Ransom Foundation supporters, the community development […]

Letter from a Nicaraguan Farmer

Here is a translation of a handwritten testimonial from a farmer who has benefited tremendously from a Food For The Poor-supported agriculture project. The Red Lady Papaya Production project outside León, Nicaragua, is a sustainable, income-generating project that has thrived thanks to the technical expertise and partnership of American Nicaraguan Foundation and the Taiwan ICDF. […]

Uncovering Hope in an Unlikely Place

Amber Noe, our Champions For The Poor coordinator, encountered hope in an unlikely place.  By Amber Noe When it comes to Haiti, we often hear about the tragedy, but rarely do we get to glimpse the possibility. I recently traveled back to this rich land, which I fell in love with some months ago. I say “rich” […]

A Birthday for Miriam

Katiana Antoine is a senior at Florida International University. When she’s not in class, she works as a writing tutor and a reading coach, and also volunteers for a literacy program. Recently, Katiana threw a party for a 7-year-old girl who she sponsors through our Angels Of Hope program. This is her story of celebrating Miriam’s […]

Praise from a President

Food For The Poor received some high praise recently from the President of Guyana, Brigadier David Granger. Here’s a transcript of a beautiful speech he gave at Food For The Poor-Guyana’s recent fundraising dinner.   “Food For The Poor, an international organization committed to serving the poor, has honored the name of God through its […]

Hope for Haitians

Since 2001, a group of compassionate Illinoisans have been partnering with Food For The Poor to provide life’s essentials for the poor of Haiti. “Hope for Haitians” has established nine village building projects (with a total of 365 new homes), and a whole lot more to help people in need. They’ve also provided: Clean water […]

Love Rescues Baby in Haiti from Near Death

Our Executive Director Angel Aloma recently spent a week in Haiti where he visited a hospital run by Lebanese twin surgeons, Jerry and Marlon Bitar, who gave up a life of luxury in Paris for a lifetime of helping the destitute poor in Port au Prince. It was there that Angel experienced one of the […]

One Community, One House, One Family at a Time

If you ever feel hopeless about the scope of poverty, or skeptical about the impact you can make in our world, take a look at what Food For The Poor donors are doing to help to transform the community of Fort Royal, Haiti. Fifty solid concrete homes (each equipped with a personal pit latrine and […]

More Than a Roof and Four Walls

Joseph Hamaty is a Program Specialist in Food For The Poor’s Church and School Department, where he helps oversee the Operation Starfish and Combined Federal Campaign initiatives. Here he shares about a trip to the poor community of El Bejucal, Guatemala. We drove over treacherous terrain in a mountainous area of Guatemala called El Bejucal.  […]

Pray for Baby to be Born into the Light of a New Home

Our Executive Director, Angel Aloma, traveled with a group of clergymen recently to Honduras to visit children and their families who benefit from our programs. The group also met with families living in desperate conditions. This is Angel’s account of one encounter. On my trip in Honduras last week, we visited a garbage dump in […]

A True Place to Call Home

Amber Noe is the coordinator of Food For The Poor’s peer-to-peer fundraising program, Champions for the Poor. She recently traveled to Haiti for the first time, and was kind enough to share some of her experiences with us.

Horse (and Mule) Power for Honduras

By Robby Brumberg Honduras is a mountainous country with harsh terrain and extremely limited infrastructure. The country has about 15,000 miles of roadways, less than 2,100 of which are paved. This leaves huge numbers of rural residents at the mercy of perilous, constantly shifting dirt roads, which may or may not be passable depending on […]

Building from the Rubble Up

Food For The Poor’s dauntless staff writer Debi Springer has an extraordinary compassion for the children and families we work to support here at FFP. Please take a few minutes to read about a family she met on a recent trip to Haiti.  Have you ever come face-to-face with someone who has a dream? I […]

Five Years after the Haiti Earthquake

By Joy Oglesby It was a warm Tuesday afternoon when the earth started to violently shift. Within minutes thousands were killed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, as buildings collapsed on children, women and men. When the dust settled, more than 300,000 people were dead. Countless others were injured. More than 1 million instantly displaced. Since that terrible […]

What Giving Does to the Soul and Body

“Give of yourself, give as much as you can! And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!… Give and you shall receive, much more than you would have ever thought possible. Give, give again and again… No one has ever become poor from giving.” — Anne Frank Food For The […]

A Prayer of Gratitude and Compassion

Every workday, we hold a prayer service at Food For The Poor. On Mondays, it’s a quiet time where we can reflect on our many blessings. We remember those in need here and around the world, and the generous people who help them. Pauline, our Human Resources Director, shared this beautiful prayer recently that was […]

Their Lives Are a Gift

One of FFP’s planned giving advisors, Via, traveled to Haiti last year, and she sent back this reflection. When we were kids, food was scarce. With eight hungry mouths to feed my mother struggled to put food on the table — never mind something nutritious. The cupboard was often bare. Breakfast was two pieces of […]

FFP in Dominica

By Robby Brumberg Dominica is a jaw-droppingly beautiful place, filled with spectacular beaches, mountains, waterfalls and other protected natural beauty, but nearly a third of all Dominica residents live in poverty. Here are a few more things you might not know about the “Nature Island of the Caribbean.” That cool looking bird on Dominica’s flag […]

What We Get When We Give

At Food For The Poor, we’re blessed to have dedicated and loving board members like Dr. Lynne Nasrallah. This educator has served on our board for nine years and often travels with us. She also chairs the Orlando “A Celebration of Hope” gala, which builds homes for destitute families in remote areas of Haiti. She […]

Honduras Fishing Villages

By Robby Brumberg I just read a press release from our PR team about a new Food For The Poor Fishing Village initiative in Honduras. Kind donors are equipping local fishing cooperatives in Omoa and Puerto Cortes with new boats, motors, and other fishing equipment to help them increase their catch. It’s uplifting to hear […]

You Answered a Family’s Prayers in Guatemala

Angel Aloma, Executive Director of Food For The Poor, is visiting partners and communities in Guatemala along with four FFP colleagues. Hours into his arrival he encountered a family desperately trying to make ends meet. Below is an email he shared with the Food For The Poor staff about the family’s saga. We arrived in Guatemala […]

Planting a Future

Matt Herzel is Food For The Poor’s very talented Multimedia Developer. He traveled to Haiti earlier this year, where he saw how FFPs reforestation efforts are making barren landscapes fruitful once again.  By Matt Herzel Travel from the Dominican Republic across the border into Haiti and two things immediately strike you: the beautiful, rugged hills, […]

Nothing Grows Here Anymore but Hunger

When staff writer Bonnie Vanak travels, she meets many mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers in the depths of despair. She sits with them and listens as they share their struggles, their dreams and their prayers. Today, Bonnie shares the story of a mother she met in the mountains of Guatemala while on assignment with […]

A Birthday Wish for Ruth

Kathy Skipper is Director of Public Relations for Food For The Poor. She and her husband Joe have been blessed to sponsor Ruth through the Angels Of Hope program for the last two years. This is a birthday letter to their little girl, who lives at Our Lady of Lourdes Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Food […]

FFP in Guyana

By Robby Brumberg Food For The Poor is marking 23 years of working to help the poor in Guyana this month. To celebrate this anniversary of charitable partnership and cooperation, here are a few things of note about the beautiful South American country. Guyana is the only English-speaking country in South America. Despite its large […]

Water, Life and Hope in Haiti

By Robby Brumberg Having easy access to clean water is one of those incredible blessings we tend to take for granted here in the U.S. We turn taps, draw baths, flush toilets, clean dishes, run the washer, water plants, take showers, hose down children (my kids love dirt), and quench our thirst without much thought. […]

Ode to a Good Shepherd

Earlier this month, Food For The Poor lost a dear and devoted friend: Fr. Richard Martin. Jim McDaniel, Program Specialist at FFP who worked with Fr. Martin of Church of the Nativity for 16 years, shares his memories. Rev. Richard B. Martin Oct. 17, 1939 – May 3, 2014   By Jim McDaniel Fr. Dick […]

2013 Annual Report

Every day, you, our Food For The Poor donors, change lives and transform communities throughout the Caribbean and Latin America. Over the course of a year, that generosity adds up to 365 days worth of miracles, blessings and hallelujahs for poor families. Have a look at just a few things you made possible in 2013. […]

5 Things You Might Not Know About Nicaragua

1. Freshwater Sharks – Lake Nicaragua, the largest lake in Central America, is home to the Lake Nicaragua Shark. (Just a friendly reminder to keep your head on a swivel if you decide to visit and take a dip.) 2. FFP’s Nicaragua Contingent Runs Deep – Nicaraguans on staff here at FFP include our Executive […]

A New Home for a Special Girl

At a recent Thankful Thursday service, FFP’s Haiti Project Manager Delane Bailey-Herd shared a story about a little girl from one of the poorest areas of Haiti she’s developed a special bond with over the years. Here’s her story about a life transformed… “For many years I would go to Shada (a place of deep […]

A Mother Continues the Work Her Son Started

On January 16, 2014, Rosemarie Smith helped build a purple house in Jamaica. She worked alongside family, old friends and new ones, to build the house on the one-year anniversary of her son Kyle Good’s death, in his memory. Then, in a moving ceremony, she handed over the keys to the home to its new […]

Be Like Tessanne

We are grateful for “The Voice” winner Tessanne Chin, and for people like her who use their platform to promote the needs of others. Folks like Tessanne and celebrity chef Ron Duprat who use their star power for good are making such a huge impact on the lives of people in need. Here’s a video […]

Raising Up Future Gold Medalists

Throughout the Caribbean and Latin America (and here in sunny South Florida), you will find world class athletes in many sports like soccer, baseball, cricket, swimming, track & field and many others. If there’s a sport that’s played in warm weather, chances are people in our part of the world excel at it. But “cold […]

Finding the Truth About Haiti

Before I left on my first Mission trip to Haiti with Food For The Poor, my coworkers had plenty of advice, musings and experiences to share with me. They told me everything from the mundane (don’t brush your teeth with tap water) to the inspiring (you will never be the same).

One Week in Haiti

Fourteen people who came from California, Rhode Island and states in between are in Haiti this week to share their blessings and roll up their sleeves. On the agenda: make school children smile, help dish out lifesaving food, paint a home, and be a witness to families living in despair. Victoria, an employee at Food […]

Beekeeping in Jamaica

One of the many ways FFP works to empower (rural and urban) farmers in Jamaica is through beekeeping. In addition to the benefit beekeepers receive from managing hives and producing honey, the projects are great for the bees themselves. With the alarming trend of bee populations being decimated around the world, healthy beekeeping projects are all […]

We Can Help You Plan for Your Future

There are many creative ways to support the families that Food For The Poor serves. With thoughtful planning, you can make a gift that benefits your family as well as those in dire need in Latin America and the Caribbean. In honor of National Estate Planning Awareness Week, October 21-27, 2013, Food For The Poor […]

Banana Bark Cards

Our Banana Bark Card program offers employment to talented artisans in Haiti and gives them a chance to earn income to provide for their families. The chance to work offers the hope of a more prosperous future.

The Good Things You Make Possible

It’s a difficult task to properly encapsulate the scope of all that Food For The Poor does on a daily basis. There are a lot of moving parts in a lot of different places. With that in mind we made a map that we hope serves as a helpful representation of how much your generosity […]

Carla, an Angel Of Hope

The Angels Of Hope program sponsors children who were neglected or abandoned. Through the compassionate support of donors, the children are clothed, fed and schooled. Most importantly, they are shown God’s love. Here, Angels Of Hope Program Director Tricia Szymanski visits with Carla, one of the sponsored children benefiting from the program, at a home […]

An Enduring Commitment

One of the things that I have found most inspiring since coming to work at Food For The Poor is our donors’ dedication. I have heard many stories about individuals or groups who have traveled to Haiti or Jamaica three, six, 10 times. They see that the need in these countries persists, and they persevere: […]

Food For The Poor Donors’ Gifts at Work

By April S. At Ciudad de Niños home, a Food For The Poor-supported orphanage in western El Salvador, the children sell fragrant candles for $1 and make an 80-cent profit with each purchase. The soy wax is provided by generous donors, the glass is made with recycled bottles collected from the area, and the red […]

Donating Wedding Gifts to Charity

By Roberta S. Weddings are an amazing time for loved ones to get together and celebrate love and life. In the spirit of celebrating life, love and generosity, some brides and grooms are using their big day as an opportunity to help people in need. Many couples tying the knot these days already have plenty of kitchen […]

Let There Be Light!

On the way in to work last week, I heard a piece on the radio about the high cost of electricity in Jamaica, and the difficulty this causes for the island’s poor (and even the not so poor).

When Eating Mud Pies Isn’t Child’s Play

In Haiti, many children are fed mud pies, which sometimes are made with vegetable shortening and salt,  when there is nothing else to eat. Francis McGovern, who works at Food For The Poor as a donor service representative, shares his childhood story of sampling mud pies. This was first published on our Facebook page in December. “Here’s […]

Reforesting Haiti

Much has been said and written about Haiti’s deforestation problem. With good reason. Unabated chopping down of trees to produce charcoal – many Haitians’ chief source of fuel – has turned a once lush, beautifully forested country into one of the most deforested countries in the world. This has caused a tremendous amount of issues; […]

‘Beloved Haiti,’ a poem of love and hope

On the third anniversary of the earthquake that crumbled homes and hopes in Haiti, we’d like to share a poem of remembrance and commitment written by Angel Aloma, executive director of Food For The Poor. One of the more powerful lines in his poem, titled “Beloved Haiti,” is this: “Oh Haiti, land enslaved by misery. […]

My New Hero

Here’s a quick one from FFP Radio On-Air Fundraiser Paul Jacobs. He just got back from Guatemala, where he made some new friends and met a new hero. By: Paul Jacobs … so, the way it works is that children are supposed to be served and cared for by us, NOT  run from house to house […]

FFP Fishing Villages

Can you imagine waking up before dawn, fishing all day in the hot sun on an empty stomach, only to return with a few small fish for your hungry family? Add to this the weight of knowing your family is entirely dependent on you to bring home food, and will only be able to eat […]


“A Stitch and a Prayer” for a Family in Need

Food For The Poor’s Donor Relations department always has at least one housing campaign per year, and we have a meeting to sort of “kickoff” the campaign.  With that said, I elected four advisors from Donor Relations to put together some ideas for the kickoff of our “A Stitch and a Prayer” campaign. We were […]


Dreaming of a Brighter Future

His name is Miguel and he is 7. We met him on a research trip to Honduras, where a writer, photographer and project manager team were gathering stories to share with our donors. Miguel lives with his family in the town of San Lorenzo, in the barrio of Altos del Sur, a community of 300 […]

AOH Guyana

A Day of Celebration for orphans

AOH Slideshow by FFP Photographer Hilda Perez They anticipate the day for months. Like children waiting for Christmas, the orphans Food For The Poor’s Angels of Hope (AOH) program supports bubble with excitement over their upcoming Day of Celebration. They constantly talk about the day, ask questions about it and dream about the fun-filled affair. […]

"Alvaro Pereira"

Meet Food For The Poor’s Executive VP

By ROBBY BRUMBERG Recently we spoke with FFP’s Executive Vice President Alvaro Pereira (pictured on the left in the photo above), about his involvement in international development, the importance of houses and happiness, and little bit about badminton. Enjoy! Q: Can you tell us a bit about your background: where you grew up, what sort […]


Feeding hungry tummies in Honduras

Guadalupe Sanchez, director of donations for CEPUDO, a Food For The Poor in-country partner, describes her visit to a feeding center in Honduras: Marvin and Anita visit the feeding center every day. They live in a rented room, in front of the feeding center with their mother, Katia. Their father was killed the year before […]

Chicken coop school

From chicken coop to a real school

Thanks to generous Food For The Poor donors, an isolated community in Guatemala that once relied on a chicken coop as a school will soon be getting the real thing. FFP Development Advisor Lisa Thompson shares the story of El Tabacal, now with a new school under construction: El Tabacal, located at 1,139 feet above […]

Traipsing Through Jungles: A Chat with Susan James

Debi, one of our writers, interviewed Susan not too long ago about her always-exciting job that often calls her to some of the most remote, hard-to-reach places in our hemisphere. Read on to learn more about the challenges and the blessings of being FFP’s Project Manager for Jamaica, Trinidad, Guyana and the Eastern Caribbean. Debi: […]

One of Ian’s favorites…

Recently we asked Ian Wood, FFP’s intrepid videographer extraordinaire, to send along one of the favorite videos he’s shot. Here’s what he sent. Hi Food For The Poor blog readers.  This is Ian Wood, the videographer for FFP.  I wanted to share one of my favorite videos with you all.  It highlights Food For The […]

A heart-to-heart

Food For The Poor staff photographer Benjamin Rusnak snapped this poignant photograph of Sister Edna Morales and a young friend in February 2011 during a visit to the FFP-supported nutritional center where she works. Guatemala has the highest rate of child malnutrition in the Western Hemisphere, and Sister Edna has been pivotal in running the […]

A Friend of the Poor: Doug Bursch

Doug Bursch is a man of many talents: he’s a pastor, columnist, blogger, teacher and radio host just to name a few. Doug is also a friend to the poor of Guatemala. He traveled to Guatemala with a team of radio hosts earlier this year to meet some of our brothers and sisters there. Since […]

Food For The Poor inaugurates Honduran village

I’m in a village called Valley of the Angels, about 35 minutes outside of Tegucigalpa. It is aptly named, one of the most beautiful places on earth. Before we started our 53 homes here, God had already done His beautiful work – surrounded by lush mountains and two rivers, the poor of this village that […]