Food For the Poor Jamaica

Changing Lives ... Restoring Families

"As often as you did it for one of the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it for me."
Matthew 25:40

About Us

Food For The Poor (FFP)-Jamaica is the largest charity organization in Jamaica.  Food For The Poor Inc., located in Florida, USA, is the largest international relief and development organization in the United States. It is an interdenominational Christian organization that assists the poor in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America.

FFP-Jamaica partners with a number of stakeholders including churches, non-governmental and private sector organizations, children's homes and service organizations throughout the island that deal directly with the poor to fill their most urgent needs and to encourage self-sufficiency. The work of Food For The Poor is funded by donations.

Vision and Mission Statements

Our ministry reflects God's unconditional love, which surrenders all, inspires trust and faith, and embraces all people regardless of race, status or creed.  We believe that Christ is alive, and that we can best serve Him by being of assistance to those in greatest need (Matthew 25: 31-46). 
Our mission is to link the churches, civic and other charity organizations already operating in areas of need in a manner that helps both the materially poor and the poor in spirit.


Food For The Poor continues to make a profound and positive difference in the lives of thousands of people (who are being) afflicted by poverty in Caribbean and Latin America." The Hon. Portia Simpson-Miller, Prime Minister of Jamaica. "There are few institutions in Jamaica that offer the scope of services that impact the vulnerable in our society in the way the Food For The Poor does."His Excellency, the Hon. Howard Cooke, Former Governor General of Jamaica.


Food For The Poor's operation in Jamaica began in 1982 where goods were brought in the island through the Catholic Relief Service, located at Emerald Road in Kingston.  All distribution was done from this location. The legal firm, Myers, Fletchers, Gordon spearheaded the paperwork of incorporating Food For The Poor as a charitable, non-profit organization. They also directed efforts towards obtaining duty free exemption and tax free status.

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Jamaica Consul General Delivers Donation to Food For The Poor

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Aug. 27, 2015) – Jamaica Consul General Franz Hall met with Food For The Poor President/CEO Robin Mahfood at the organization’s headquarters on Wednesday to present the charity with a donation collected during the Annual Ecumenical Service on Aug. 2, 2015, in celebration of Jamaica’s 53rd Anniversary of Independence.


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Kingston, Jamaica – August 21, 2015: Fifty youth were trained to play musical instruments - drums, saxophones, flutes, trumpets, clarinets and trombones - between July 20 and August 12, by Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica during their annual Summer Band Camp which was held at their headquarters in Ellerslie Pen, St. Catherine.

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Kingston, Jamaica – August 24, 2015: Three new classrooms, a sickbay, a staff room, a kitchen, a sanitation block, playground equipment, fencing and school furniture, have been donated to Kinloss Primary School’s Infant Department, by members of Food For The Poor (FFP) in partnership with donors, Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation and Kisko Products Incorporated, a company which started in Jamaica and which is the largest manufacturer of freeze pops in Canada.

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WHEN Karen Morris heard that Food For The Poor (FFP) was coming to her community in McCook's Pen, St Catherine to build her family of nine a new house on her birthday, July 22, she was overjoyed.

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How to Qualify for a House

How do I apply for a Food For The Poor house?

A letter of recommendation is required from each applicant which should briefly explain the current situation that you are in. This recommendation should be written by a Pastor or a Justice of the Peace (JP). Along with this letter of recommendation, the following documents should be attached:

  • Land Owner:
    • Copies of the land title and tax receipt
  • Leased Land:
    • Copies of the Lease Agreement, signed by a JP
    • Lease must be for a minimum of ten years
    • Land title or tax receipt
  • Land You Have Received Permission To Build On
    • Copies of the permission letter from land owner (signed by a JP), land title or tax receipt.
  • Original documents should not be submitted!