KINGSTON, JAMAICA, October 18, 2016 –  The Usain Bolt Foundation (UBF) today announced  that it has partnered with Food for the Poor Jamaica to provide relief for communities affected by Hurricane Matthew in Haiti.


The amount of the relief is not being disclosed however instead of donating cash, UBF supported local Jamaican business by buying the non-perishables and water from Lasco Distributors and Food for the Poor will be responsible for the distribution.  The non-perishables included corned beef, tin mackerel, chicken sausage, water crackers, baked beans and a food drink.


Patron of the Usain Bolt Foundation, Dr. The Hon. Usain Bolt, said, “We were saddened to hear of the devastation in Haiti caused by Hurricane Matthew.  I was particularly moved when I saw the pictures of the children who were affected and who had become homeless.   We had to do our part to relieve some of the suffering of our Caribbean children.”


Food for the Poor Jamaica (FFP) Chairman, Andrew Mahfood, was honoured that FFP was chosen as the vehicle for distribution.  “Food for the Poor has been instrumental in bringing aid to Haiti and we are humbled that the Usain Bolt Foundation has chosen to collaborate with us in assisting the Haitian people.”


The Usain Bolt Foundation is dedicated to the legacy for happy children; to enhance the character of children through educational and cultural development, as they live their dreams.  The Foundation promotes the following:

  • Healthy and safe environment
  • Effective use of a recreational facility
  • A child opportunity to ‘Dare to Dream’
  • Stewardship
  • Knowledge and philanthropy start with accurate information
  • Responsible use of the financial resources

*  Effectiveness of the Foundation


Food 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, with more than 95 percent of all donations going directly to programs that help the poor.



Contact:       Zein M. Nakash

Chair, PR & Outreach Committee

Usain Bolt Foundation