In 1982, Ferdinand Mahfood received a Christmas present from his wife. It was a book called “Something More”, written by Catherine Marshall. As he turned the pages of the book, while on a flight to Chicago, Ferdy (as he is properly known) was moved by the writer’s call to serve God in a more intimate and committed way. He wanted to have a closer relationship with God and to experience the fullness of his love. A Jamaican by birth, Mr. Mahfood had inherited a successful import business from his father and had eventually moved the business to Miami. Since boyhood, he had given donations to the poor and continued to do so as his business flourished. In 1982, after rededicating his life to God, he decided to use his business expertise to serve the poor. He has already seen the gut wrenching poverty in the slums of Jamaica, and he increased his donations to the poor in that country. But Business expertise alone could not alleviate the suffering and poverty of millions in Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador. So Ferdinand Mahfood became a beggar for the poor, combining his business expertise with the donations he received, to start a chain of giving that today results in relief projects and programs in more that two (2) dozen countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Apart from Guyana – Food For The Poor Inc operates in the following countries:
Trinidad & Tobago
United States of America
Food For The Poor in Guyana.
Food for the Poor (Guyana) Incorporated (FFP), the largest charitable Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Guyana.
FFP commenced operations on 3rd June, 1991 in Kingston, Georgetown before moving to 248 Forshaw and Oronoque Streets, Queenstown. Because of the great need of essential services for the population, it quickly expanded and is presently located at 1999-2002 Blue Mountain Road, Festival City, North Ruimveldt.
Headed by a Board of Directors chaired by Mr. Paul Chan-a-Sue, the daily operations are managed by Mr. Kent Vincent, Chief Executive Officer. It was previously managed by former Executive Director Mr. Leon Davis who retired in 2012 after 21 years of outstanding service to the organization.
Through its committed donors, the charity has built more than 3400 housing units since its inception of which more than 500 homes were constructed as part of twelve villages. The villages are located in Regions 1, 2, 4 and 5.
In 2016, the organization distributed 159 containers of goods inclusive of food, medical equipment and supplies, educational supplies and sporting equipment.
FFP’ s Angels of Hope Program caters for 244 children from twelve orphanages. A monthly supply of food, clothing, toiletries and school supplies are donated to the homes, The children are sponsored by donors from the United States of America. Children must be under the age of 18 years old to be admitted to the program.
Three hundred and eighteen children from four schools namely Moshabo, Enterprise, Sophia and Watooka primary benefit daily from FFP’s School Feeding Program. The children enjoy a hot nutritious meal with beverages and fruits. The parents of the children are also given monthly hampers.
“Education is one of the easiest ways out of poverty. Without a good education you’re asking for trouble.”President/CEO of Food for the Poor Incorporated of the United States of American, Robin Mahfood.
The organization’s Wheelchair Program which was launched in 2015 continued in 2016 where approximately 550 more wheelchairs were distributed to disabled persons across the ten administrative regions of the country, free of cost.
The entity is also engaged in water, self-sustainable agricultural and animal husbandry projects, to name a few.
Most of the organization’s funding is derived from donations and fundraising activities such as cake sales, take away lunches, corn houses and raffles among others. One of the main fundraisers is the Annual Schools Raffle.
FFP would like to thank the donors, both local and overseas, for their faithful support over the years and looks forward for more support in the future.
Food for the Poor Inc., Florida USA, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the world, 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 expenses; more than 95 percent of all donations went directly to programs that help the poor.
Our mission is to link the church of the first world with the church of the third world in a manner that helps both the materially poor and the poor in Spirit.
The Material poor are served by local churches, clergy and lay leaders who have been empowered and supplied with goods by Food for the Poor.
The poor in spirit are renewed by their relationship with and service to the poor through our direct ministry of teaching, encouragement and prayer.
Ultimately, we seek to bring both benefactors and recipients to a closer union with our Lord.
Food for the Poor is God’s Instrument to help the materially poor and to renew the poor in Spirit.
Our ministry is a reflection of our Lord’s unconditional love – a love that surrenders all, that inspires trust and faith, and that embraces all people regardless of race, status or creed. It is also shaped by our belief that Christ is alive and can be served directly by serving those in greatest need.
For guidance and to maintain the purity of our mission, we stress the need for regular prayer.
Through surrender, service and prayer we seek a closer union with our Lord.
3 rd June 1991
Member of the Order of Service of Guyana- Medal of Service (Group) 2011.
Our current focus is on building homes, food, medical aid and taking care of the elderly and differently able.