JAMAICA | The PNP says 'Ferdie Mahfood's Passing is A Great Loss to Jamaica'

JAMAICA | The PNP says 'Ferdie Mahfood's Passing is A Great Loss to Jamaica'

Kingston, Jamaica. February 28, 2023: The People’s National Party says it is deeply saddened by the passing of the founder of Food for the Poor (FP), Ferdinand “Ferdie” Mahfood, a giant of the Voluntary and Charity Sectors.

In a statement today, the PNP said “as a scion of one of Jamaica’s successful business families, Ferdie Mahfood could have chosen to pursue a career of building his family’s well-respected conglomerate. 

“Instead, he followed his deep spiritual calling to enter the Voluntary and Charity Sectors and became perhaps Jamaica's most impactful philanthropist. In 1982 he launched Food for the Poor, which has become one of the leading charitable organisations in the Americas. 

“His vision, dedication and immense capacity for organisation, given expression through that vehicle of service to the poor, have made a difference in the lives of hundreds and thousands across the Caribbean, Latin and North America.

The PNP said “over the years, Food for the Poor has partnered with successive administrations to deliver disaster relief and to implement many poverty relief programmes, particularly in the areas of social housing and school feeding.

PNP President Mr. Mark Golding, MP, said, “Ferdie Mahood will forever be remembered as the driver behind the wheel of the charitable powerhouse we know as Food for the Poor.PNP President Mr. Mark Golding, MP, said, “Ferdie Mahood will forever be remembered as the driver behind the wheel of the charitable powerhouse we know as Food for the Poor.In expressing condolences on the passing of Mr Mahfood, PNP President Mr. Mark Golding, MP, said, “Ferdie Mahood will forever be remembered as the driver behind the wheel of the charitable powerhouse we know as Food for the Poor. He set a uniquely effective example of the spirit of volunteerism and charity in action. 

“Under his guidance, over time, Food for the Poor has become a critical agency which supplements the inadequacies of regional governments’ capacities to look after the needs of our most vulnerable populations. 

“Ferdie was a visionary whose deep religious faith and immense organisational skills combined to make a huge difference in the lives of those suffering in poverty,” Mr. Golding said.

The PNP has extended to the Mahfood family and the partners of Food for the Poor, its deepest sympathy and good wishes during this time of loss and grief.

Ferdie Mahfood, co-founder of Food For The Poor (FFP), died on Sunday at age 85.

The family, in a statement, said: "Our family, while we mourn the passing of Ferdy, we rejoice in his life and his founding of Food For The Poor, which has benefited hundreds of thousands of recipients in the Caribbean and Latin America. Ferdy is now right where he always wanted to be, with our Lord God in Heaven."

President and CEO of the charity Ed Raine also expressed his profound sadness over the loss of Mahfood, saying he leaves behind a legacy of love and compassion for the poor.

"He planted the seeds when he answered God's call," Raine said. "We are honoured to continue following this call more than 40 years later."

Moved by the poverty he witnessed first-hand in Jamaica, Mahfood, along with brothers Sam, Joe, and Robin, established Food For The Poor in Florida, United States on February 12, 1982. He said his religious conversion in 1976 was the inspiration behind the founding of the charity.

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