Food For The Poor, Inc.

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Food For The Poor is one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the United States. Our work is motivated by our faith in God, spreading His unconditional love, regardless of race, wealth, or creed as we minister to those in desperate need in primarily 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

By providing lifesaving food, secure housing, clean water, healthcare, emergency relief, micro-enterprise projects and education opportunities, we are giving those in extreme poverty a chance at a better future, and showing them God's love. Join us.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Food For The Poor, Inc.
6401 Lyons Road
Coconut Creek, FL 33073


Phone: 800-487-1158


Organization details

EIN: 592174510

CEO/President: Ed Raine

Chairman: Mr. P. Todd Kennedy

Board size: 11

Founder: Mr. Ferdinand Mahfood

Ruling year: 1982

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


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. (Matthew 25:40)

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.

Mission statement

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 materially 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.

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating61 of 102211 of 85
Fund acquisition rating387 of 102435 of 85
Resource allocation rating115 of 102416 of 85
Asset utilization rating23 of 10222 of 85

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$17,576,441$5,701,666$8,078,711$2,550,346$10,429,581
Short-term investments$12,948,278$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$348,475$533,431$297,021$589,758$366,259
Total current assets$63,651,215$29,886,833$15,894,949$26,091,356$28,399,451
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$11,747,939$12,090,856$14,849,816$15,486,333$15,233,211
Other long-term assets$1,607,938$2,497,667$1,258,960$0$0
Total long-term assets$13,355,877$14,588,523$16,108,776$15,486,333$15,233,211
Total assets$77,007,092$44,475,356$32,003,725$41,577,689$43,632,662
Payables and accrued expenses$10,731,023$5,822,176$6,236,116$5,325,061$5,719,002
Other current liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total current liabilities$10,731,023$5,822,176$6,236,116$5,325,061$5,719,002
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$10,731,023$5,822,176$6,236,116$5,325,061$5,719,002
Net assets20202019201820172016
Without donor restrictions$60,251,933$35,941,835$24,286,815$34,819,743$36,457,518
With donor restrictions$6,024,136$2,711,345$1,478,794$1,432,885$1,456,142
Net assets$66,276,069$38,653,180$25,767,609$36,252,628$37,913,660
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Total contributions$754,904,577$912,148,951$942,410,000$948,517,379$994,805,635
Program service revenue$0$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$120,344$95,730$76,606$86,541$19,950
Other revenue$123,721$142,020$149,658$107,147$97,576
Total other revenue$244,065$237,750$226,264$193,688$117,526
Total revenue$755,148,642$912,386,701$942,636,264$948,711,067$994,923,161
Program services$677,019,373$852,254,312$897,871,890$898,292,414$936,845,315
Management and general$12,970,064$13,108,438$11,116,713$9,423,610$8,151,419
Total expenses$727,525,753$902,161,640$953,123,283$950,372,099$980,328,605
Change in net assets20202019201820172016
Surplus (deficit)$27,622,889$10,225,061($10,487,019)($1,661,032)$14,594,556
Other changes in net assets$0$2,662,510$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$27,622,889$12,887,571($10,487,019)($1,661,032)$14,594,556


Robin G Mahfood DirectorPastPresident & CEO through 12/19/19$480,769
Angel AlomaEVP/Chief Mrkt. Officer$295,914
Edward Raine President CEOPast Executive VP through 12/23/19$275,314
Alvaro J PereiraEVP Church Alliance$251,607
Mark KhouriEVP/COO$228,964
Natalie F CarlisleEVP/Chief Develop. Officer$215,280
Dennis A NorthEVP/Chief Admin. Officer$201,568
Gail Hamaty-BirdEVP/Gen. Counsel/Secretary$199,114
Michael AntonProjects Director$183,729
Arthur GoldklangShipping Director$172,090
Frederick KhouriEVP Special Projects$171,226
Jeffrey AlexanderEVP/Chief Outcomes Officer$169,441
Michael R Chin QueeDonor Relations Director$159,415
Thomas R BouterieSpeaker$151,783
Tewfick S JosephsPurchasing Director$151,488
David PriceSecretary (Part year)$63,000

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2019

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 10/21/2021. To update the information below, please email:


Since its inception in 1982, Food For The Poor has provided more than $17 billion in aid and has built more than 88,500 homes for the destitute.

The charity follows the principle that education and self-help must fortify charity work so recipients learn to break the cycle of poverty. FFP supports programs to teach recipients how to raise livestock, develop small businesses and provides agricultural assistance to independent farmers.

FFP was founded in 1982 by Ferdinand Mahfood. His vision was instrumental in guiding FFP as it became the most significant relief organization in the Caribbean and Central America. Robin Mahfood, who has extensive experience in business management and an in-depth knowledge of the Caribbean, assumed the Presidency/CEO role in 2000 and provides leadership for FFP during this time of explosive growth.

Created to help destitute people in Caribbean and Latin America, FFP has forged a spirit of cooperation between churches of the First World and churches of the Third World. FFP collects funds nationally, purchases goods cost-effectively on the world market, ships the items duty-free and arranges for their distribution to the poor through churches, missionaries and charity organizations in 17 countries.

Program accomplishments

2021 Impact:

61 million lifesaving meals provided

1,473 safe & secure homes built

2,192 tractor-trailers of aid delivered


Currently, there are numerous opportunities to support the work of FFTP. One can utilize the charity's gift catalog to provide for essential needs of families helped by FFTP. Through the Angels Of Hope child sponsorship program, slightly more dollar a day will help support a child. Through Angels of the Poor program, one can express their ongoing concern for the most disadvantaged of God's children. Tribute gifts and matching gifts are also encouraged. To learn of other ways to help, visit the "Help Now" section of the website.