COCONUT CREEK, Fla., April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Just a few days into 2010, one of the largest disasters in modern history devastated Haiti. In response, the leading provider of aid to Haiti, Food For The Poor, sent 1,465 tractor-trailer loads of food, water, medicines and other lifesaving relief aid valued at $188.9 million. While Haiti dominated headlines for much of the year, the nonprofit continued to send supplies to the other 16 countries served in the Caribbean and Latin America.
Food For The Poor held its operating expenses under 4 percent -- ensuring that more than 96 percent of donations go directly toward programs that help the poor.
More than 23.2 million pounds of rice, 11.5 million pounds of beans, 2.9 million pounds of canned foods, and 24 million pounds of other life-sustaining foods were delivered to the hungry.
The charity built 9,460 housing units – bringing the total to more than 71,123 since 1982. In Haiti alone, Food For The Poor built 1,589 permanent two-room homes with sanitation units.
Food For The Poor sent 675 trailers of medicines and medical supplies and 79 trailers of educational supplies.
Food For The Poor continued to provide clean water, build schools and clinics, and support nursing homes and orphanages.
The charity gave hope to thousands through 50 fishing villages in Haiti and Jamaica, tilapia ponds, by planting fruit trees, and by providing animal husbandry and agricultural programs. Thousands of women are learning life skills in hundreds of training centers.
Food For The Poor, the third-largest international relief and development organization in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian agency provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance, with more than 96 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.