Pentecost Pilgrimage to Jamaica
I have begun by providing the facts and figures as well as some general
background information on Food For The Poor. This is followed by a
detailed description of the pilgrimage journey to Kingston, Jamaica.
Upon my arrival at Food For The Poor headquarters in Deerfield Beach,
Florida I was greeted with:
A table fellowship luncheon for those of us setting out on our
A Thanksgiving Thursday Prayer Service
where all the employees are invited to attend every Thursday afternoon.
An Orientation Meeting - At this meeting we were introduced to
the staff as well as the President and CEO of the organization, Robin G.
Mahfood. He gave us insight as to how his family got started in this
work, where it is today, and what they hope to accomplish in the future.
A Tour of the Food For The Poor Offices and Warehouses
Food For The Poor is the third largest non profit organization in the
United States. Those larger are the United Way, and Feed The Children.
As a boy of only seven years old Robinís father would give him and his
brother a roll of pennies which consisted of fifty and at lunch time
they would go out to meet the workers handing out one penny to each
worker. At that time in Jamaica a penny would buy a sandwich. So at a
young age he was already learning what would become his lifeís ambition.
By trade Robin is an importer/exporter which enables him to use his
expertise in shipping various goods directly from a donorís place of
origin to any of the 16 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin
America. This keeps costs down and enables the organization to work on
an operation margin of 3.7%. What that means is that out of every dollar
donated 96.3 cents goes directly to the poor. By far this is the lowest
operating margin of any major non-profit organization based in the
United States. The goods shipped are plentiful from school, office, and
medical supplies to food, lumber, and many, many other resources which
help in giving the hungry, suffering people in these countries an
opportunity to eat, have shelter, medical attention, and an education.
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