Jamaica was the first country assisted by Food For The Poor (FFTP), which began helping the island nation in 1982. In 1983, FFP Jamaica was established and is the largest charity organization in Jamaica. The office and warehouse complex is located in Spanish Town, at the intersection of five highways, which lead to all parts of the island. FFTP partners with more than 1,300 churches and institutions for the distribution of food, medicine, educational supplies and other needed items. The charity has completed hundreds of projects in Jamaica with a focus on education, medical, housing and agriculture.
To link the church of the First World with the church of the Third World in a manner that helps both the mentally poor and 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.
Construction: Building Construction, Building Renovation, Sanitization/Hand Wash Stations, Water Harvesting, etc.
Health Care: equipment assistance/life saving devices for individuals or hospitals.
Special/Unique: scholarships towards books & tuition, income generating projects.
Agriculture: beekeeping, crop production, agro-processing, animal husbandry, etc.
Other unique & innovative projects are also welcomed.
To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be part of a registered community or development group, non-profit organization, school or entity serving the poor.
Applicants MUST submit a letter to Food For The Poor requesting assistance for unique/special project. This should give a summary of the project including need, objectives, and outcomes.
Once that letter is reviewed and approved, an application form will be sent to the applicant, which MUST be completed and resent with all the required documents.
The application will then go through an assessment process BUT please note that the project process is lengthy so we cannot provide a timeline or any guarantee of approval as our support is largely dependent on donor funding.
1. Requirements for a Food For The Poor House provides the basic information that is needed to complete an application.
2. The Letter to Applicant is used alongside the Housing requirement as it informs the applicant about the housing processes of Food for the Poor.
3. The Application Form - These forms are used to document information about the applicant and verify the documents received using the check list at the back. (please disregard letter from Member of Parliament (MP))
4. Guidelines for Detail of land history - In cases where the bonafide/legitimate land owner is deceased the documents below were created to assist the applicant in providing the necessary details.
NB: IF THE LAND OWNER(S) LIVE OVERSEAS,A WRITTEN CONSENT LETTER IS REQUIRED WITH THEIR IDENTIFCATION CARD AND MUST VERIFIED BY A NOTARY PUBLIC.
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At Food For The Poor, we believe that every child is a precious gift from God, especially vulnerable children who long to know that they are not forgotten. They need angels here on earth to watch over them and ensure their needs are met.
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Through the Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM), we have distributed over 2500 wheelchairs since 2015 to persons from various backgrounds and age groups. Wheelchairs are also distributed through other outreach programmes. Over the years, donations of...
In 2021, FFTP donors constructed 285 homes. Since inception, the charity has built 36,424 homes island-wide.
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Fishing FFTP established its first fishing village in Jamaica 22 years ago, providing local fishermen with boats and engines.
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The children are our future and it is crucial that we give our kids the best education possible, we help and facilitate that.
We help prisons with relief of prisoners, ensuring they have an available role to take so they are not left destitute.
Ms. Ellis, and her team is always elated whenever they are told that donations are on the way from Food For The Poor to the Spanish Town Hospital. The items that were delivered to the hospital in April were necessary and highly requested at the time of arrival. “The syringes and needles are used everywhere except the administrative office,” We were low on needles and syringes, so this donation came in time and at the right time. The Ministry of Health and Wellness through the National Health Fund distributes these items stop the hospitals, however for that period of March-April, the National Health Fund run short on supply, almost depletion.”
Parish Administrator of the Spanish Town Hospital
"Thanks to this sanitation renovation project, the children now have better access to more bathroom stalls and so conflicts are far less, which is something we are grateful for. This donation has helped tremendously even as it relates to the odors in the bathroom. The boys can use the urinals instead of the trough, which was there before. This means we have less tinkles and splashes... and it's way easier to keep clean. Of all the components of the project, the best parts for me would be the new toilets that were installed and the tiling that was done. A big thank you and appreciation for all the people who have considered Clarks Town Primary because the area that we are in, sometimes we are left behind. The children are so grateful. You are touching many lives, far more than you can ever imagine. The students see it and they appreciate it...just continue doing what you are doing because it is making a big difference and a great impact.”
Clark’s Town Primary School Sanitation Project - Acting Principal
“Thanks a million, wow, you don’t know how much the people in the community are so appreciative of the care package and the groceries. Persons are reaching out saying, ‘Pastor, you don’t know what you have done for us.’ They are grateful and I am happy. Persons were anticipating their package and shared that it was so needed in this time and season. It is a true blessing. Thank you so much Food For The Poor! We will continue to pray for the organization and its donors.”
“I was disappointed when I realized that I would have to spend time in prison, especially when thinking about my daughter. This was totally unexpected. The first thing I want to do after I leave here is to go visit her. I cannot explain the feeling...it is like a big burden fell off my shoulders when I heard that Food For The Poor was going to pay my fine...it was a big relief. I was here (in prison) for a couple of days and many nights I cried because I could not see my daughter and I kept thinking that I may not come out alive. Thanks to Food For The Poor again for making this possible, for giving me a second chance. My Christmas wish is to see my daughter...that’s the biggest wish and I thank Food For The Poor for making that a reality.”
“This Rainwater Harvesting Project has been God-sent. We have been able to manage crop production much better even during the dry season this year. Things have really improved for us . Rainwater being slightly acidic is better for the plants than the tap water which is slightly alkaline. The plants have responded to getting rainwater and that too has shown the increase in the production the crops were ready a little quicker faster, shorter time for the crops to mature and they were more robust especially when we just transplanted. They responded very well to getting the rainwater during the irrigation sessions when the students were assigned. That has been wonderful for us. God is so good”
Head of Agriculture Department at Charlemont High School