I am the unnamed source in the June 3 article “Charity challenged on its claim of low costs,” whom Angel Aloma, executive director of Food for the Poor, complains of in his June 19 letter to the editor “Charity for poor stands by its works.” I am an Illinois attorney and began informally investigating Food for the Poor in my personal time more than a year ago, after reviewing the organization’s Form 990 tax statements.
In August 2017, I received an e-mail from the charity stating that they spent just 7 percent of cash donations on purchases of food in 2016. Aloma, who received a base salary of more than $257,000 in 2016 from Food for the Poor, implied in his letter to the editor that although donor money is not appreciably used to purchase food, some is used to ship food. Based on their 2016 tax statement, approximately 18 percent of cash donations were spent on shipping, and much less than that was spent specifically on food.
Further, by dumping millions of dollars of in-kind goods, thus freeing cash donations for overhead costs, is Food for the Poor really helping the poor or themselves?
Bill Clinton admittedly crippled Haiti’s domestic rice industry in the 1990s by importing cheap US food. We need to stop supporting organizations that suppress growth.