I don’t think Jesus really said that. At least. I cannot find it anywhere in the four gospels with which I am familiar.
But what I do find is a clear and direct mandate for all followers of Christ to treat everyone we meet, especially the poor, the hungry, and the rejected, as if they are the Christ. I read straightforward and unambiguous commands by Jesus for his disciples to feed the hungry, visit those in prison and to help those in need.
The only thing needed to reach out to help the poor is to love one another just as Christ loves us.