Jamaica was the first country helped by Food For The Poor in 1982. In 1983, Food For The Poor-Jamaica was established and is now the largest charity in the island nation.
In 2016, Food For The Poor built 2,104 housing units. Since inception, the charity has built 42,894 housing units island-wide for some of the poorest of Jamaica’s families. The homes are each equipped with indoor sanitation, solar-powered lighting and a gas stove. There’s also a loft space for greater sleeping capacity.
“We want to lift families out of poverty, and having a secure home to live in is the best place to start. As Jamaica celebrates 55 years of independence, it’s important that we remember the poor and the suffering,” said Mahfood. “Food For The Poor has completed hundreds of projects in Jamaica with a focus on education, medical, housing and agriculture. Last year we shipped more than 780 tractor-trailer loads of essential supplies to Jamaica.”
The event is open to the community 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, at the Miramar Cultural Center, 2400 Civic Center Place, and will feature a reception and musical performances in addition to the community awards. Jamaican Consul General to Miami, The Honorable Franz Hall, will preside over the ceremony, which commemorates Jamaica’s independence that was granted on Aug. 6, 1962.
Mark Khouri, Vice President of Food For The Poor, will accept the award on behalf of Mahfood.
“None of what we do would be possible without the Lord’s blessing upon this work and the generosity of our donors. We’re humbled to be recognized by the City of Miramar,” said Khouri.
Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. Over the last 10 years, fundraising and other administrative costs averaged less than 5 percent of our expenses; more than 95 percent of all donations went directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.