Food For The Poor, named by The Chronicle of Philanthropy as the largest international relief and development organization in the nation, feeds millions of hungry people throughout the countries we serve.
Food For The Poor's 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, Food For The Poor seeks to bring both benefactors and recipients to a closer union with our Lord.
Since its inception in 1982, Food For The Poor has provided in excess of $10 billion in aid (more than half of which was provided in the last five years) and has built more than 84,000 housing units for the destitute. In 2012, Food For The Poor constructed 6,805 housing units for families in need of adequate shelter.
In a 2012 survey of the 200 largest U.S. charities, Forbes magazine rated Food For The Poor the sixth-largest recipient of private support. With a charitable commitment ratio of 96%, and a fundraising efficiency of 97%, Food For The Poor received the highest possible ratings from industry observers such as Ministry Watch, and is also proud to meet the extensive standards of America’s most experienced charity evaluator, the Better Business Bureau.
Food For The Poor hopes that this ministry reflects God’s unconditional love, which surrenders all, inspires trust and faith, and embraces all people regardless of race, status or creed. Food For The Poor believes that Christ is alive, and that all can best serve Him by being of assistance to those in the greatest need (Matthew 25:31-40). Finally, Food For The Poor stresses the need for regular prayer to guide and maintain the purity of its mission, 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.