Food For The Poor Responds with Aid to the Desperate in Puerto Rico

Author:  Wanda D. Wright
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Oct. 4, 2017) – Today, Food For The Poor packed four tractor-trailer loads of relief items for shipment to Puerto Rico from its warehouse in Coconut Creek, Fla., with the following items:

Medical Pallets

  • Nonperishable food
  • Batteries, flashlights and lanterns
  • Two-burner liquid petroleum gas (propane) stoves
  • Tarps
  • Blankets
  • Baby diapers and hygiene items      
  • Five-gallon buckets with cleaning supplies
  • Commercial-grade and standby generators  

warehouseOne container of water will be shipped from our partner Gleaning For The World.

Food For The Poor also sent four pallets of critical medical supplies such as pain relievers, antibiotics, wound-care kits, along with disaster and personal hygiene kits via airfreight to Puerto Rico, with the assistance of Kansas-based partner Heart-to-Heart International. The pallets arrived in Puerto Rico today.

warehouse 1Food For The Poor is working with the Catholic charity Caritas to assure the distribution of the relief items. Caritas Puerto Rico started in 1969 under the name Catholic Social Services of Puerto Rico. In 2009, it changed its name to Caritas Puerto Rico.There are 200 parishes in 60 municipalities on the island that work on projects. Food For The Poor also will be assisting Episcopal Church, which has 52 parishes throughout the island, and warehouses and transportation, both critical in distributing aid in the rural areas. Two longtime Food For The Poor partners, Ohio-based Matthew 25: Ministries and Operation Compassion, a Tennessee-based ministry, are assisting with this humanitarian relief effort.

warehouse inside container“Food For The Poor is proud to be helping the people of Puerto Rico. We understand what it is like to be hit by a hurricane, and we are appealing to all of our donors for their support with this crisis,” said Food For The Poor President/CEO Robin Mahfood. “We understand that we cannot help everyone, but with the help of the Lord, we will do what we can for as long as we can to provide assistance for families recovering from the catastrophic disasters in the Caribbean, the United States and in the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.”

To support relief efforts for Puerto Rico and the other islands affected by the recent hurricanes, cash donations are best. Checks can be mailed to Food For The Poor at 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, FL 33073. Please make checks payable to Food For The Poor and include the source code SC#104174 to accurately route your donation to the relief effort. Or to make a donation online, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org/puertorico.

EMD Puerto Rico GettyImagesFood For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of the hungry poor primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicines, educational materials, homes, support for orphans and the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. Over the last 10 years, fundraising and other administrative costs averaged less than 5 percent of our expenses; more than 95 percent of all donations went directly to programs that help the poor. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.

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