Food For The Poor Builds 100 Schools, Creating a Lasting Legacy in Jamaica

 Toronto, Canada (Aug. 28th, 2017)  Food For The Poor has made history in Jamaica, the country where it started 35 years ago. Over the last 5 years, the organization has built 100 early childhood schools for 3 to 6 year olds across Jamaica, thanks to the generous support of its donors in the United States, Canada and Jamaica.

The school building project started in 2012, when the organization embarked on an ambitious project, to build 50 schools in 50 months in honour of Jamaica’s 50th year of independence. It would be Food For The Poor and its donors’ gift to future generations of Jamaicans.

Food For The Poor has doubled the goal of its Jamaica 50 Campaign; the 100th school, Mount Zion Infant School in St. Ann, Jamaica will open in September.
“This is a monumental accomplishment by our donors. We are deeply moved by the outpouring of support we’ve received over the past five years to make this incredible vision a reality,” said Robin Mahfood, President/CEO of Food For The Poor in the US. “The Food For The Poor Jamaica office and the contractors truly put their heart into this project”, Mahfood said.

“We are committed to education; providing a great start for 3 to 6 year olds is the best way to break the cycle of poverty” said Samantha Mahfood, Executive Director of Food For The Poor in Canada. “We will celebrate our 10th year working with Canadians this September, and are so grateful for their support, building 24 of the 100 schools”

Here are the generous individuals and organizations that built 24 schools with Food For The Poor Canada:

Caribbean Chinese Association • Donette Chin-Loy Chang • Donovan Bailey Foundation • Edgehill Homes Limited Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation • Ian Clarke and MLSE • Kisko Freezies • Laura McCain Jensen • Margaret McCain Orlando Franklin Foundation • Royal Bank of Canada • Stephen Tulloch Foundation • Sunwing Foundation The Josephs Family • The Raymond Chang Foundation • Wayne and Nigela Purboo • Westmoreland Basic School Support

More than 8,000 children each year are attending new schools with beautiful classrooms, kitchens, playgrounds, and fencing, children’s bathrooms with flush toilets, providing safe and inspiring places for students to learn and play.

This fall Food For The Poor Canada marks the start of their 10th year working with Canadians. Together with their donors they have built 25 schools, 50 homes and sent 55 containers of food, medical and educational supplies worth over $20,000,000.

Food For The Poor Canada will kick off 10th year celebrations with a lunch at the Toronto Hunt on October 22nd. FFPC will be raising funds to build homes and schools in Haiti and Jamaica.