Convoy Of Hope Responds To COVID-19

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Convoy Of Hope Responds To COVID-19

Convoy Of Hope is currently responding to COVID-19.

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(From convoyofhope.org)

JULY 16, 2020 | 5:00 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Master Sergeant Julio Lopez’s hand is broken, but he’s itching to help move the cargo being delivered to Whiteman Air Force Base. He describes himself as a “Port Dawg,” and today he is helping Convoy of Hope. “Whether it’s people or bombs, bullets or beans, we put it on the plane and ship it anywhere in the world whenever the U.S. government, the military, or one of our partners needs us to.”

In coordination with the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador and the U.S. Southern Command, Convoy of Hope and its partners have joined together under the umbrella of the Department of Defense’s Denton Program to deliver food and medical supplies to El Salvador in response to Tropical Storm Amanda and COVID-19. The Denton Program gives non-government organizations in the U.S. the ability to use the additional space on military cargo planes to deliver humanitarian relief to countries in need.

Two trucks, filled with more than 63,000 pounds of food and hygiene kits, were unloaded at Whiteman Air Force Base near Kansas City, Missouri, and flown to El Salvador. Once there, our local team will deliver the goods to thousands of people who are in desperate need. The rice, beans, powdered milk, sugar, flour, canned tomatoes, dried fruit, and hygiene kits will sustain those whose lives have been turned upside down by recent events.

Tropical Storm Amanda left a deadly wake of destruction across El Salvador in late May. Responding with humanitarian aid was further complicated by COVID-19. Convoy of Hope’s team in El Salvador immediately jumped into action, delivering food and supplies. Thanks to the power of partnership, an airplane full of additional relief is now on its way to assist in their good work.

As the last pallets are unloaded, Master Sergeant Lopez and the team of soldiers working in the warehouse have played their part in helping thousands of people in El Salvador. We at Convoy of Hope have seen partnership move mountains in the face of adversity, and we are thankful for everyone who comes alongside us to make it happen.

JULY 9, 2020 | 2:15 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO.

Since the beginning of COVID-19, the Navajo Nation has experienced what Pastor Nathan Lynch called a “perfect storm” of difficulties on the reservation. Self-quarantine is nearly impossible when many people on the Navajo reservation are living in multi-generational households. One third of homes live a traditional way without running water in the home. Only 13 grocery stores serve an area of 27,000 square miles and a population of more than 173,000.

The situation quickly became dire.

Pastor Lynch was asked to serve on the Navajo Nation Christian Response Team (NNCRT) to help coordinate food and water distribution. “As soon as I found out what they were doing, that’s when I reached out to Convoy,” he said. “We’re gonna need some serious help because this isn’t a go to Wal-Mart and buy a couple of bags of groceries and take it off to somebody.”

The need for food and water was critical for several weeks. Convoy of Hope delivered multiple trucks of water and food like Spam, beans, rice, and produce.

Because of the enormous size of Navajo Nation and the lack of transportation to get to where food would be distributed, the NNCRT worked with pastors in 110 communities across the reservation to deliver boxes of food — door to door — to people who needed it most.

One pastor who delivered food in the Flagstaff area went to a house and was told the family had been without food for three days. Another lady told the pastor she was glad he showed up when he did because she had just finished her last bit of food in the house and didn’t know what she was going to do.

Through the collaboration with Pastor Lynch and the Navajo Nation, Convoy of Hope also helped provide water and food to the White Mountain Apache Reservation. Convoy of Hope has also distributed food and resources to other Native American tribes and groups during our COVID-19 response, including the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, the Zuni Reservation, the Ramah Navajo Reservation, and the Partnership with Native Americans in South Dakota and Arizona.

Convoy of Hope is continually moved by the tragedy that is taking place in underserved areas of the country. We are committed to serving as many as we can for as long as we can. Our hearts and hands go out to these people in this desperate time. Thank you for partnering with us to make this possible.

JULY 6, 2020 | 11:35 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. The perimeter of the U.S. is approximately 12,500 miles. The circumference of Earth is 24,901 miles. The distance to the moon is 238,900 miles. All of these distances are hard to imagine, but the amount of effort it would take to traverse them is unarguably significant.

That’s why when we can say Convoy of Hope trucks* have traveled more than 774,000 miles during our “Beyond 10 Million Meals” initiative, it’s something to be proud of!

Those on Convoy of Hope’s Driving and Supply Chain teams have worked tirelessly to make sure the product we receive is processed, loaded, and distributed effectively and efficiently. Their hard work has led to more than 40 million meals being distributed to people living in urban and underserved communities. We appreciate their sacrifice and are thankful for their willingness to help others during this global pandemic.

*This includes trucks owned by Convoy of Hope and trucks we contract through third-parties.

JULY 2, 2020 | 11:00 AM.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. We were grateful to work with our partners at Straight Gate Church in Detroit, Michigan, in showing kindness to members of their community hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. In one day, volunteers distributed 25,000 pounds of groceries and supplies to those suffering from the economic downturn caused by the virus.

Take a look at what we accomplished together, and watch the video below to hear from the Guests of Honor they served.

JUNE 30, 2020 | 8:35 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Convoy of Hope’s trucks have continued rolling across the nation to provide hope where it’s needed most. To date, we’ve distributed more than 40 million meals in the United States and millions more internationally.

Watch the latest update from President Hal Donaldson.

JUNE 29, 2020 | 4:10 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Convoy of Hope has some of the greatest supporters in the world, and that includes our friends Vance McDonald and Ben Rothlisburger of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers’ “Trucks of Hope” campaign is raising money to deliver five trucks over five months to serve 5,000 families throughout the greater Pittsburgh region.

Watch the video below to see how the “Trucks of Hope” campaign is working with Convoy of Hope to bring relief to those living in the greater Pittsburgh area.

JUNE 25, 2020 | 2:20 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Convoy of Hope is delivering food and resources to partners and churches across the country — no matter how big or small the organization.

FosterAdopt Connect provides foster and adoptive children with a stable, loving, and nurturing family environment. Based in Missouri, they serve 29 counties throughout the state. Sammy’s Window, a program of FosterAdopt Connect, supports foster families with clothing, food, toys, and more. Convoy of Hope has partnered with Sammy’s Window for a number of years, supplying them with food, cleaning supplies, socks, and other resources. Last year, Sammy’s Window served nearly 5,000 kids.

“Convoy of Hope always makes us feel like we’re important,” says Mark Hay, Sammy’s Window’s Direct Service Coordinator. “I know we’re not the biggest organization in the world. And it would be easy sometimes to pass off the little guys. But I’ve never felt that [with Convoy of Hope]. I always feel like we’re just as important as anyone else when we have a request.”

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the need Sammy’s Window saw within their communities increased exponentially. Due to statewide stay-at-home orders, layoffs, and school closures, many of the families they serve couldn’t find affordable childcare options. Those extra expenses meant many of them weren’t sure how to feed and care for their kids.

Normally, families can visit Sammy’s Window once a month to get items they need. Because of COVID-19, those turned into weekly visits that took place in a parking lot. In June alone, they had 1,400 people come through and pick up food and other supplies provided by Convoy of Hope and other partners.

“People have really been very pleased,” says Mark. “I think a lot of them are just glad to get out of the house and see another human being. But there’s been a lot of people who have just been very, very grateful. They’ve told me that they didn’t know what they were going to do or how they were going to stretch their dollars, especially their food dollars, during this time.”

With Missouri ranking 49th out of 50 states in the amount of support given to foster families, the work that Sammy’s Window does is particularly important — especially during a time of crisis. Convoy of Hope is thrilled to support organizations like FosterAdopt Connect and the important work they do in the vulnerable communities they serve.

JUNE 23, 2020 | 4:30 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Last week, Convoy of Hope joined with the community of Adel, Georgia, to bring help and hope to others during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are no food pantries in Adel, a town of about 6,000 people, and the economic effects of COVID-19 are easy to see.

Along with ready-to-eat goods and household supplies, Convoy of Hope distributed fresh dairy and meat products out of refrigerated trucks because of our distribution partnership with the USDA.

“I talked with several people that drove 30 or 40 miles to come here and get food,” said Bethany Burrows, an employee at Convoy of Hope. “The line of cars stretched for 1 to 2 miles all throughout the day.”

By the end of the event, more than 830 guests — 15% of the rural community’s population — attended. More volunteers than could be accommodated showed up and had to be turned away to ensure social distancing. In the end, nearly 50 volunteers from six participating churches worked with Convoy of Hope staff to distribute goods, pass out lunches, and hand out small toys to children.

JUNE 22, 2020 | 4:45 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO.The United States, along with most of the world, has entered its fourth consecutive month of grappling with the crisis caused by COVID-19. We at Convoy of Hope have been working diligently to make sure communities — both domestic and international — are fed. Here is a snapshot of what we’ve accomplished together so far:

U.S. RESPONSE

  • Meals served: 30 million+
  • States distributed to: 40+
  • Churches, organizations & operational partners: 1,200+

INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE

  • Meals served: 11 million+
  • Countries served: 30+
  • Churches, organizations & operational partners: 1,000+

Despite tripling the original goal of our Beyond 10 Million Meals initiative, there are still millions more people who are in need because of COVID-19. That’s why we’ll never stop in our fight against hunger. We’re committed to assisting cities, states, and nations alike as we navigate the ongoing pandemic.

JUNE 17, 2020 | 5:15 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Last Thursday, after helping distribute meals to more than 800 families at Martinsville Speedway, Frank Senkinc got to celebrate his eighth anniversary with Convoy of Hope as a driver by taking his truck around the speedway eight times! The event at Martinsville Speedway was one of several events held at NASCAR tracks where relief was distributed to individuals and community partners like food banks.

We’re thankful for all our drivers and the amazing work they do in helping us fulfill our mission. So far, Convoy of Hope’s drivers have traveled tens of thousands of miles to deliver much-needed food, water, and relief supplies to 41 states.

JUNE 15, 2020 | 2:30 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. As part of our “Beyond 10 Million Meals” COVID-19 response, Convoy of Hope is delivering USDA Farmers to Families Food Boxes across the U.S. to help bring hope and food to people who need it most.

According to the USDA’s website, the Farmers to Families Food Box program is distributing agricultural products to those in need by purchasing up to $3 billion in fresh produce, dairy, and meat products. Convoy of Hope is working with suppliers to deliver the family-sized boxes to churches and partners who then distribute them locally.

Garden City First Assembly of God in Garden City, Kansas, is one of the churches who recently received a truckload of these food boxes. Pastor Nathan Sheridan had been on Convoy of Hope’s list to receive food and supplies for several weeks when the USDA load of produce became available. The load they received was distributed among multiple churches in six different communities in western Kansas.

“Thank you to all of those who saw this as a potential for area communities to resource families in need,” said Pastor Sheridan. “No one understands the need like those with boots on the ground.”

Garden City is a diverse community with 60% Hispanic population and a large Somalian population. Pastor Sheridan knew that the Somali refugees in their neighborhood needed resources due to recent furloughs and layoffs from local meat plants. The layoffs and furloughs fell just before Ramadan, and the Somali community was struggling. One hundred thirty boxes filled with fresh produce were taken to a Somali community at an apartment complex — within one hour, 100 of the boxes were distributed to people impacted by the pandemic.

Pastor Sheridan knew that the quality of what they were distributing would speak volumes to those receiving it. “This has been incredible for us to receive product that’s not second class. This is product that you would purchase at any major store. It’s phenomenal product, it’s fresh and beyond what I imagined. This has been amazing. The leverage you have given the local community to meet these needs is phenomenal.”

JUNE 11, 2020 | 3:00 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Look at all the good you’ve helped us do as we respond to the needs arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.

JUNE 9, 2020 | 10 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. The Joey Logano Foundation, the NASCAR Foundation, and Elevation Outreach have recently partnered with Convoy of Hope to distribute food and relief supplies at racetracks across the country.

On Thursday, June 11, they will hold a drive-thru distribution at Martinsville Speedwaywith the goal of providing 40,000 pounds of food and supplies to approximately 1,000 families at NASCAR’s oldest track.

“After seeing how impactful Darlington went, we quickly moved forward and scheduled our next event with Convoy of Hope in Martinsville,” said Logano.

Convoy of Hope has already distributed food and supplies at three race tracks — Charlotte Motor Speedway, Darlington Raceway, and Evergreen Speedway — during the COVID-19 pandemic.

JUNE 4, 2020 | 10:55 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. When Convoy of Hope started our Beyond 10 Million Meals initiative, we said we would do as much as we can for as long as we can to help those in need. Watch this message from Convoy of Hope President Hal Donaldson sharing about our progress.

JUNE 3, 2020 | 5 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Since the start of Convoy of Hope’s response to COVID-19, Hugh has driven more than ten thousand miles. As one of our volunteer truck drivers, Hugh has delivered relief from Florida to Virginia to Michigan. And today is his anniversary. Luckily, his wife of 41 years is his co-pilot, sitting beside him in the cab of his truck. More than 25,000 pounds of relief supplies are in the trailer behind them as they make their way to Pensacola, Florida.

Hundreds of miles pass by, and Hugh is excited to be delivering help. When he retired from the military, Hugh found a place serving with Convoy of Hope and has been driving for the organization the last seven years. The situation with COVID-19 is unlike any that he’s experienced with Convoy of Hope.

“The economics of the situation are what really drives me,” Hugh says. “Just feeling and seeing people’s economic situation so drastically deteriorate so rapidly. You know, it just really hurts.”

One hotel owner that Hugh met along the way had to lay off 24 of her employees, leaving just herself and two others to run the hotel. “There was just complete devastation of their economy and their income. And that’s the hard part for me,” says Hugh. “I can’t imagine a young family that works paycheck to paycheck, losing those paychecks. How do they feed themselves and pay their electric bill?”

Hugh embodies the heart behind Convoy of Hope’s drive to distribute millions of meals to people in need around the country.

When asked how it feels to help during this time, Hugh chuckled and responded, “This job, helping people this way — It’s just got a huge amount of gratification and appreciation. You know, the people really, really appreciate what we’re doing.”

Thanks to you and our team of drivers — some of whom celebrate their anniversaries on the road — Convoy of Hope continues delivering help and hope in response to COVID-19.

JUNE 2, 2020 | 5:15 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Convoy of Hope has delivered more than 17 million meals across the U.S. during our response to COVID-19.

Thanks to you, families reeling from the health and economic impact of the pandemic have received food, water, cleaning supplies, and other relief items during this time of great need.

Click here to see a gallery of photos of help in action from Convoy of Hope.

JUNE 1, 2020 | 11:40 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. COVID-19 has changed the entire world. At Convoy of Hope, we are adapting our initiatives to best meet the needs brought on by the pandemic. So, for the rest of 2020, Community Events has restructured to a point-of-distribution (POD) model instead of our normal structure that promotes large gatherings of people. This helps us maintain social distance, follow guidelines put out by the CDC, and better ensure the safety of our staff and guests.

Community Events recently conducted a drive-thru POD at Central Assembly of God Church in Springfield, Missouri. Watch the video below to see the incredible impact it made on the local community.

MAY 28, 2020 | 4:15 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO.

According to the latest data, if the Navajo Nation were a state, it would have the highest rate of coronavirus cases per capita.

“As of yesterday, we had over 4,700 cases of COVID-19,” says Tanya Riggs, who works at Tuba City Regional Health Care on the Navajo Nation Reservation in Arizona.

Tuba City is an important location for those living in the area. If someone needs medical attention and can’t receive it at the health center, they have to travel 75 miles to get help. Treating 4,700 cases of COVID-19 means the staff have all been working harder than ever before.

“For people like myself, who are normally an administrative position, we’re having to step forward and help our clinical brothers and sisters as far as helping them with screening,” says Tanya. “We’ve been posing as runners, helping in the triage tent, helping direct community members to different areas.”

Convoy of Hope was able to connect with the health care center and send them a tractor-trailer filled with bottled water. One pallet was used for nursing staff, those covering the front lines in the ICU, and those taking care of patients. The remaining pallets were used for all staff assisting in the red zone areas, inpatient areas, and screening areas.

The strong ties of community have made the stress and the loss caused by COVID-19 that much harder to deal with. “It’s been really hard losing good friends,” says Tanya. “Some were single parents of young children, and they’re now no longer with us. But you know, their spirit and memory continues on. And so it’s been emotional highs and lows. But in times like this, when we’re able to celebrate those highs as far as meeting new friends … it really means a lot to us.”

There is still much work that needs to be done to combat this pandemic. As more people contract the virus and feel the economic pains it is inflicting, Convoy of Hope is committed to doing as much as we can for as long as we can.

MAY 27, 2020 | 3:45 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Helping others is hard to do when you’re hurting. As the number of COVID-19 infections and deaths continue to rise around the world, compassion fatigue may be setting in for many who are asking, “Where can I find the strength to love my neighbor when I’ve been affected, too?”

The staff at Hillsong NYC was faced with that very problem. And Convoy of Hope was honored to be part of the solution.

As we continue distributing food and relief supplies through our Beyond 10 Million Meals initiative, we’re here to help you in your time of need. Everyone needs support during these times — especially those who are pouring into others.

MAY 21, 2020 | 2:30 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. We have great news to share about our Beyond 10 Million Meals initiative. Watch this video to hear the latest from Convoy of Hope President Hal Donaldson and Vice President of International Program Heath Adamson.

There is still much work to be done. But with your help, we know we can continue being part of the solution when it comes to COVID-19.

MAY 19, 2020 | 1:45 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Several NASCAR drivers have teamed up with Convoy of Hope to provide much needed meals and relief supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Thanks to Driver Joey Logano and The Joey Logano Foundation, The NASCAR Foundation, and Elevation Church, another distribution took place at Darlington Raceway on Monday, May 18. At that event, more than 30,000 pounds of food, water, and hygiene supplies were distributed. Hundreds of cars lined up to receive help.

Driver Ty Dillon and his wife, Haley, sponsored two truck-loads of product that were distributed at NASCAR race tracks. Elevation Church in Charlotte, North Carolina, helped distribute the first truck-load of 30,000 pounds of goods at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday, May 13. Another truck of food and relief supplies will arrive at Evergreen Speedway in Washington later this week.

Local volunteers at each of these events are implementing contactless point-of-distribution models to ensure the safety of staff and our Guests of Honor.

MAY 18, 2020 | 11:45 A.M

SPRINGFIELD, MO.

We’ve always known at Convoy of Hope that we can’t beat hunger on our own. We need partners — businesses, individuals, churches, community services, and health organizations — to help us end the cycles of poverty and hunger occurring around the world. That’s never been more true than now during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have enjoyed important relationships with incredible partners over the years, one of which is with Hormel Foods. When they were looking for ways to help others suffering from the coronavirus outbreak, they turned to Convoy of Hope to help them make it happen.

MAY 14, 2020 | 4:45 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO.

Convoy of Hope reached our original goal of distributing 10 million meals across the U.S. a few weeks ago because of your support and generosity. Today, we want to take a few minutes to show you the positive impact you’ve had on communities across the nation.

Each news story represents thousands of people whose lives were changed because you stepped out with us to demonstrate compassion. You’re making a true and lasting difference. Thank you.

MAY 13, 2020 | 2:20 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Convoy of Hope has delivered help from coast to coast in response to COVID-19. With your help, our Beyond 10 Million Meals initiative is growing by the day.

MAY 12, 2020 | 2:15 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. COVID-19 has changed the entire world. At Convoy of Hope, we are adapting our initiatives to best meet the needs brought on by the pandemic. So, for the rest of 2020, Community Events has restructured to a point-of-distribution (POD) model instead of our normal structure that promotes large gatherings of people. This helps us maintain social distance, follow guidelines put out by the CDC, and better ensure the safety of our staff and guests.

Community Events recently conducted a drive-thru POD at Central Assembly of God Church in Springfield, Missouri. The distribution started at noon, but the first car lined up at 8:30 a.m. Cars were lined up for 10 blocks by 11 a.m., so we opened the line early. When volunteers apologized for the wait, many of our Guests of Honor said they didn’t mind and were just thankful for the help.

EVENT STATS

  • 1,173 Guests of Honor served
  • 4,860 bags of groceries distributed
  • 7,500 pairs of Bombas socks distributed
  • 9,000 super smoothies distributed
  • 1,000 Gardens in a bag distributed

Despite living in turbulent times, Convoy of Hope is still committed to serving vulnerable communities all around the United States. Thank you for your continued support and partnership during these unprecedented times.

MAY 11, 2020 | 10:45 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO.

Convoy of Hope continues to supply people all over the U.S. with food and supplies through our ​Beyond 10 Million Meals ​initiative.

Here’s the latest update from Stacy Lamb, our Senior Director U.S. Disaster Services.

We can’t respond to a need this big all on our own. Our network of partners — people just like you — are making our work possible all across the nation. We’re sincerely thankful for your support.

MAY 7, 2020 | 9:48 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. In a world of social distancing and quarantine, it doesn’t take long for loneliness to set in. When daily life is suddenly turned upside down — with no sign of returning to normal — it can feel like a hopeless situation.

But you’re not alone! Convoy of Hope partners like Pastors Judah and Chelsea Smith and their congregation at Churchome are reaching out, offering hope and help to as many as they can during the pandemic.

Watch this video with Churchome CEO David Kroll and hear about how hope is being spread in the communities Churchome serves.

With your help, we hit our initial goal of distributing 10 million meals in response to the coronavirus outbreak. But the need is still great, and millions more people still need help and hope. Thank you for standing with us in making sure we deliver both.

MAY 5, 2020 | 8:10 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. While many churches and nonprofits have been ready and willing to help during the COVID-19 crisis, no one has ever addressed a pandemic before. Even well-established groups were being faced with need on a level they’ve never seen before.

As one of the largest food banks in Los Angeles, the LA Dream Center knew it would keep serving those who need food. But COVID-19 forced them to work on a bigger scale. Watch the video below to see what they’ve been able to accomplish and how Convoy of Hope has helped them do it.

MAY 4, 2020 | 4:30 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Communities continue to rally together to help those in vulnerable communities who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This last weekend, members from James River Church partnered with Convoy of Hope and conducted a multi-site distribution. Watch the video below to see the difference they helped make in the lives of thousands of people.

MAY 1, 2020 | 11:00 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. In some ways, those in Kenya are responding to the COVID-19 pandemic just like people are here in the United States. In other ways, it looks very different. Across the nation, there is a curfew from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., travel between counties has been halted, and jobs are being lost at an alarming rate. Burglaries and abuse are rising rapidly.

Many people in Kenya, especially those in poorer areas, earn an income by working as day laborers. “Mentally, guys are not doing well. Many people have been laid off,” said Convoy of Hope staff member Naomi Ateng. “Most people are not able to work right now. If you look at the industries, you’ll find that most shops have reduced the number of employees.”

As the situation in Kenya becomes more desperate, Convoy of Hope is maintaining our Children’s Feeding and Agriculture programs operating there, while addressing new needs generated by the pandemic. Because schools are closed, Convoy of Hope staff and local school partners are coordinating with parents and children to come to the school on a staggered basis so they can receive take-home rations.

“We’re trying to ensure that by the time schools open, we don’t have severe cases of malnutrition. During this time, we know many of them are surviving on maybe one meal a day,” said Ateng.

Going beyond normal programming, local partners are distributing additional meals around the country to communities suffering from COVID-19. In addition to supplying meals, soap, and disinfectants, training on proper hygiene and social distancing are being taught. Convoy of Hope staff are focusing many of these efforts in densely populated urban areas, where an outbreak of the virus would be catastrophic.

While distributing relief in one urban area, residents told staff members, “God bless you. We’ve heard of you. We’ve heard you feed the children.”

“It was very good,” said Ateng, “because it shows us that this is something that they needed.”

MAY 1, 2020 | 8:12 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. We are thrilled to share great news about our 10 Million Meals initiative. Watch the latest announcement from Convoy of Hope President Hal Donaldson.

APRIL 28, 2020 | 11:40 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. When tragedy struck the community of Teaneck, New Jersey, the team at the local food pantry was ready to give up. But, because of people like you who continue partnering with us, we were able to deliver supplies and restore their hope.​

APRIL 27, 2020 | 4:15 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. People’s Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, has been doing everything they can to help those in their community affected by COVID-19. Watch the video below from Senior Pastor Herbert Cooper to discover why he and his church look to Convoy of Hope in times of disaster.

APRIL 24, 2020 | 9:00 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO.

With your help, Convoy of Hope is providing essential workers with the simple tools they need to stay safe. Watch how we assisted COMPACT Family Services and their caseworkers.

APRIL 23, 2020 | 5:05 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. This week is National Volunteer Week. We at Convoy of Hope can’t adequately express how thankful we are for the fleet of volunteers who help us fulfill our mission every day. Without them, Convoy of Hope could never help others on the scale we do today.

This is especially true right now during the COVID-10 pandemic and our 10 Million Meals initiative. People like Brooklyn Trammell are making sure that we reach our goal of distributing 10 million meals to those in need.

Brooklyn helps lead the Captivate outreach program at 3Trees Church in Campbellsville, Kentucky. The church is an important part of her community, known for their grocery assistance program and community service. Most of the work done by Captivate — whose motto is “Find needs and meet them” — is done through the hard work of volunteers.

“We’re good at getting creative with finding ways to meet needs,” she says with pride.

That’s exactly what they’re doing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their creative solutions have involved handing out care packages that include water, canned goods, bulk baking supplies, and boxed cereals provided by Convoy of Hope. Volunteers from the church gathered — at the appropriate social distance — to bag groceries. They handed them out via a drive-thru distribution at the church and left bags on the porches of their elderly or immuno-suppressed neighbors who couldn’t leave their homes.

One particular interaction stuck out to Brooklyn. “We delivered some groceries to an elderly lady. She was in tears when we arrived. She told us she only had two cans of food left in her whole house, Now she has the food she needs to get through the next little bit.”

Because of amazing volunteers and partners like Brooklyn and 3Trees Church, Convoy of Hope is making a difference in the lives of people all around the U.S. during the coronavirus outbreak.

APRIL 22, 2020 | 2:11 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. In December, we posted a story that included an update about a woman named Tomasa. She attended a Community Event we held in Fort Worth in 2017 and picked up a Garden in a Bag, came back to the Fort Worth Community Event in 2019 to get more seeds, and spoke with someone about how she could grow the size of her garden.

Tomasa had no idea how much her garden would matter just a few months later.

Soon after stay-at-home orders were given in her state, Tomasa — a home-healthcare worker — was told to stay home by her employer. But, despite the uncertainty, Tomasa says the pandemic’s effects haven’t all been negative.

“Beside my job, I’m doing okay. It’s just upsetting my routine. For me, it has brought me closer to my family. It’s sad because people are dying, but it’s good because I see more families coming together.”

She spoke to Convoy of Hope over the phone as she pulled weeds in her garden. This year, she’s growing tomatoes, cucumbers, kale, lettuce, squash, and radishes.

“A garden is therapy,” she says. “Gardening relaxes my stress. It’s exercise, too. It’s beautiful, because you’re growing your own food. Whatever you plant, you’re getting good nutrition. You plant the seed and see it grow.”

More than personal benefits, though, Tomasa thinks agriculture and gardening are answers to big problems people are facing right now. “The virus is teaching me we need to go back to the basics. [Gardening] helps families produce their own food for their table. There are a lot of poor families. If they are gardening, they will save money. If everyone had a garden in the front and back[yard] or in every neighborhood, can you imagine? Imagine how productive your community could be.”

Her garden also gives her a unique opportunity to be compassionate to those around her. “Last year, I got a lot of tomatoes, and I gave them to my neighbors, too. You share with people. That’s the beauty of gardening.”

Tomasa is teaching both her granddaughter-in-law and great-grandson how to garden, and she wants to start her own community garden. Tomassa thinks that, by bringing her community together at a community garden, they would feel united in a time when they would otherwise feel isolated.

“If you’re bored during quarantine,” she says, “you need to garden. If you don’t know how, I’ll teach you.”

APRIL 21, 2020 | 9:05 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Our friends at Churchome in Kirkland, Washington, recently made an incredible $1 million  donation to Convoy of Hope’s COVID-19 response.

Watch as the tractor-trailer filled with food and emergency supplies arrives at their campus.

APRIL 20, 2020 | 2:50 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. It may be a skeleton crew, but the warehouse team at our World Distribution Center are hard at work (from a safe social distance) loading trucks for distribution. They’ve been instrumental in getting supplies delivered to communities affected by COVID-19.

APRIL 17, 2020 | 11:00 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO.

Your continued support helps people all around the United States — just like Cindy.

APRIL 16, 2020 | 5:37 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. We’ve always believed it was part of our responsibility at Convoy of Hope to make our partners the “heroes” in their communities. Especially now, in the midst of a global pandemic, people are looking to their local support systems for help in meeting their overwhelming needs.

Pastor Matt Ellis at Tower Hill Church in Auburn, New Hampshire, felt called to help feed the children in his community before COVID-19 upended everyone’s lives. “A young woman in our church told me that she remembered, as a kid, eating breakfast and lunches at school and not eating over the weekend. My heart breaks for those kids.”

As soon as the coronavirus cases started appearing in the U.S., Matt contacted Convoy of Hope. They received a truck filled with food and supplies and immediately started finding ways to get goods to everyone they could — regardless of their backgrounds.

“Many of the people we’re helping are not used to being the ones that need help.”

Tower Hill has been intentional in their partnerships with local schools, both large and small, but they quickly found themselves supplying other ministries and local organizations with supplies the schools didn’t use or need. “We sent sanitation wipes to a local hospital and care packages to three police departments. That wasn’t part of the original plan.”

Their desire to serve and help others has formed new relationships in their community. And, though the expectations they had about how they could help were eclipsed by the need, they rose to the challenge. And people are taking notice.

One of the women who received help through the distribution said it best: “This church isn’t just talking about the problem. They’re being part of the solution.”

APRIL 14, 2020 | 10:00 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Tim Lucas, Lead Pastor of Liquid Church in New Jersey, had this to say about the truckload of food and supplies they received last week: “When the Convoy of Hope truck pulled into our church parking lot, it was like HOPE delivered to our doorstep!”

Just outside of New York City, many residents of New Jersey know they are close to what is being called the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Equipped with 26,000 pounds of supplies, Lucas’ church distributed relief to those in their community.

On Sunday, Liquid Church created what they call Emergency Easter Baskets, filled with items essential to those sheltering at home and often going without necessities. “Forget chocolate bunnies… it’s toilet paper, sanitizers, and emergency food this year!” says Lucas.

With their Emergency Easter Baskets in tow, volunteers from Liquid Church launched out into their community, delivering baskets to widows, single parents, senior citizens, and other quarantined families.

Their first delivery was to a single mom who was widowed last year. Wearing their masks and moved to tears, the mother and son waved from their open door and shouted, “Happy Easter! Thank you so much!”

Convoy of Hope is proud to team up with partners like Liquid Church as we face this global pandemic together.

APRIL 11, 2020 | 2:15 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Take a look at where Convoy of Hope has delivered help so far through our 10 Million Meals initiative:

APRIL 10, 2020 | 9:15 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO.

Convoy of Hope’s President, Hal Donaldson, has a special announcement regarding our 10 Million Meals initiative. Watch it now:

APRIL 8, 2020 | 10:45 A.M.

MIAMI, FL. The staff at VOUS Church in Miami, Florida, know the circumstances they face are tough.

A highly contagious coronavirus, strict social distancing guidelines, and limited access to resources would make any church second guess whether or not to hold community outreaches. But none of this has deterred VOUS from its mission. They are acting quickly to help as many people as they can, all while complying with the health community’s recommendations.

They knew they could count on Convoy of Hope to help them do it. And they’re already seeing change happen.

“We’re calling it the Gratitude Effect,” says Kat Rowse, who oversees Central Ministries at VOUS. “There are so many servant leaders that are part of our church. They’re jumping in more than ever because there is so much need and because there is so much of a desire for connection and to stay connected.”

Jamila Pereira, the I Love My Community Director at VOUS, saw the Gratitude Effect at work first hand. She and a volunteer named William learned that two local foster care families had recently suffered tragedies. The father in one had recently passed away, and the mother in another was going through chemotherapy. Both families were struggling to find and prepare meals.

To help, William delivered prepackaged sandwiches to their homes. “William text me a whole bunch of crying faces afterward,” Jamila says, “He was like, ‘I don’t cry. But this made me cry.’”

Kat, Jamila, and their teams have worked tirelessly to make sure the people in their church and in their community feel safe, cared for, and — most importantly — remembered. As soon as the Convoy of Hope truck was unloaded, they sent six pallets of sandwiches to a local rescue mission, delivered food to a nearby children’s home, sent supplies to a local special-needs home, and reached out to help foster care families. In all, they’ve helped prepare more than 14,000 meals for families in South Florida.

Crises such as a widespread virus can physically and emotionally isolate people. But partnerships like the one Convoy of Hope has with VOUS Church remind us that even in the midst of hardships, there is hope.

“Tell everybody [at Convoy of Hope] we love you,” says Kat. “It’s like you guys are our heroes. And so anything that we can do to help you out or to partner with you, we’re down.”

Convoy of Hope is committed to providing 10 million meals during the COVID-19 pandemic. We’ve already responded to hundreds of partner requests in more than 40 states. Continue following our response here, or donate to our 10 Million Meals initiative here.

APRIL 6, 2020 | 5 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Convoy of Hope continues resourcing partners across the U.S. as part of our 10 Million Meals initiative.

We are happy to report that we have already responded to hundreds of requests in more than 40 states. Multiple trucks leave Convoy of Hope’s World Distribution Center daily, delivering hope to vulnerable communities.

We had the privilege of working with Christ Fellowship Church and distributing relief supplies in Riviera Beach, Florida. Mayor Ronnie Felder joined the team passing out groceries and food to those who were home-bound due to the virus. “For several weeks now, you guys have been coming in and really being a help to our community,” Mayor Felder said. “You all are doing a wonderful job.”

Thanks to the generosity of partners and donors, we’ve distributed masks to hospitals, helped parents who are struggling to feed their children, and provided hope to so many more in need.

Like our response to any major disaster or crisis, we will continue to do as much as we can for as long as we can.

APRIL 3, 2020 | 5:00 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. As Convoy of Hope responds to COVID-19 in the states, we are also continuing our regular international programming — innovating as necessary to abide by specific country mandates.

Read more about our international programming and COVID-19 response here. 

APRIL 2, 2020 | 12:50 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO.

Thank you for continuing to help Convoy of Hope provide hope across the United States!

MARCH 31, 2020 | 1:00 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD MO.

Here’s an update from Convoy of Hope’s Senior Director of U.S. Disaster Services, Stacy Lamb.

MARCH 30, 2020 | 6:00 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Over the weekend, Convoy of Hope continued resourcing partners across the United States as part of our 10 Million Meals campaign.

The number of cases has increased in the U.S. to more than 140,000 — but hope is on the move. We are continuing to help people in desperate need in dozens of states and are thankful for our partners who are helping deliver hope in vulnerable communities.

One of our partners, Pastor Dan Ross from High Ridge, Missouri, articulated why Convoy of Hope works through local churches whenever possible:

“The county called us, and through the relationship we have had with Convoy of Hope for the last 4 to 5 years, we have the relationships to get things out into the community. The fire chief, police chief, and school superintendent have all been working with us.”

When communities are in crisis, local churches often serve as a hub of hope. And when Convoy of Hope partners with local stakeholders, we gain access to community connections that enable us to quickly deliver hope where it’s most needed.

As part of our COVID-19 response, Convoy of Hope was able to provide a trailer full of water to High Ridge. Pastor Ross said the water was given to children who were still receiving meals from school, the fire department, and nursing mothers.

MARCH 28, 2020 | 10:15 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Convoy of Hope is committed to providing help where it’s needed most. Here’s a look at our current COVID-19 response:

MARCH 27, 2020 | 11:18 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO.Tonight at 7 p.m. CST, Australian Christian music duo for KING & COUNTRY is holding an online concert called TOGETHER: A Night of Hope. The event will feature numerous artists and celebrities. The concert will benefit Convoy of Hope’s “10 Million Meals” campaign.

For more information on how to watch click here. 

You can also watch the event from Convoy of Hope’s Facebook  page.

MARCH 27, 2020 | 11:18 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Tonight at 7 p.m. CST, Australian Christian music duo for KING & COUNTRY is holding an online concert called TOGETHER: A Night of Hope. The event will feature numerous artists and celebrities. The concert will benefit Convoy of Hope’s “10 Million Meals” campaign.

For more information on how to watch click here. 

You can also watch the event from Convoy of Hope’s Facebook  page.

MARCH 26, 2020 | 8:36 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Pandemics affect everyone. News footage often shows how COVID-19 is affecting major cities, but those in rural areas are hard-hit, too. Schools still close, layoffs still happen, and people still feel isolated — perhaps even more so.

Carl Long is acutely aware of the difficulties rural communities face. Not only is he the pastor of Humansville Assembly of God, he’s also the mayor of the town.

“I got word that they were going to close our school and we have about 360 students there,” he said. “All of them qualify for free breakfast and free lunch. So I knew right away that a lot of those kids were going to be missing meals.”

Carl, his city, and his church have worked closely with Convoy of Hope’s Rural Compassion Initiative for years. Together, we have found ways to help the people in Humansville, and the results have been transformative.

“We weren’t doing things bad, but there were some little adjustments that we needed to make and that training helped us see those things.”

Even with those changes, the community faces challenges. “The one grocery store that was here closed in September of last year,” Carl says. “And so the only thing that we have as a source for food, or grocery items, is a Dollar General. Which is very limited. They are doing their absolute, very best to keep things stocked.”

As the repercussions of the virus began affecting his town, Carl knew he could turn to Convoy of Hope for support.

“We ended up with a box truck full. So it was 12 pallets of supplies. I had a team here of about a dozen people ready to unload the truck and we began to sort it out.”

Word got around quickly about the distribution. Before long, cars were lining up down the street. Teams brought the boxed-up food and supplies out to each car and — with the appropriate social distance — distributed food to dozens of families in a little over an hour.

“It was a lot of fun. I heard a lot laughing, a lot of cutting up and joking,” said Long.

The church also sent a truckload of cleaning supplies and snacks to a local nursing home for the residents. They also sent more supplies to a second nursing home in town, and plan to do another distribution next week.

“There are so many people dealing with anxiety and uncertainties,” Carl says. “And so for us to be a smiling face and to be able to give them a little bit of something … takes some of that sting off. It’s critical.”

March 25, 2019 | 2:05 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Convoy of Hope is excited to launch the 10 Million Meals campaign as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are aiming to supply partners, churches, and community organizations with 10 million meals to be distributed across the United States to help feed people during this great time of need.

Our team is already at work. To date, we have received hundreds of resourcing requests from 35 different states. Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services, Supply Chain, and other teams are working tirelessly to meet every need possible while trying to make sure every team member stays safe in the process.

We have already been meeting needs in big ways across the country, delivering dozens of loads and serving tens of thousands of people in need.

After receiving supplies, one partner organization in California said, “This is something like we’ve never seen before, and we are better for partnering with [Convoy of Hope].” They went on to say, “You are an absolute lifesaver. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

Thank you for your kindness, compassion, and support during this unprecedented time. With your help and the help of our partners around the world, we can make a difference for millions of people through the 10 Million Meals campaign.

March 20, 2019 | 8:40 A.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Convoy of Hope has ramped up our efforts to see that needs are met. Through local partners in multiple states, Convoy of Hope is delivering food, water, hygiene kits, cleaning supplies, and other relief materials. So far, more than 540,100 pounds of resources are either in route or already delivered to 22 locations around the country.

As requests for assistance increase, Convoy of Hope offers our sincere thanks to both our corporate partners who donate the supplies people need and those who have given financially to see that they are delivered.

Click here for more information about things you can do to safeguard yourself and others against COVID-19.

March 18, 2019 | 5:30 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. A special message from our President.

March 17, 2020 | 5:45 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Convoy of Hope is responding to requests made for assistance in meeting needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic in 19 states. This work is being done through local partners helping offset school lunch needs caused by prolonged cancellations within their school districts.

March 16, 2020 | 2:15 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD, MO. Convoy of Hope is responding to the COVID-19 pandemic to help those in desperate need. We have committed to provide at least 50 truckloads of emergency food and water — approximately 2 million pounds of relief supplies — to people most affected by the coronavirus.

“Convoy of Hope began responding last month to requests for help to meet the coronavirus outbreak,” said Convoy of Hope Senior Vice President Kregg Hood. “With the latest news, we are now rapidly expanding our efforts to resource people in need.”

Thank you for your support as Convoy of Hope continues serving people through our ongoing programming around the world in addition to our COVID-19 response.

To follow Convoy Of Hope’s full response or to donate, please click here.

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As a faith-based, international, humanitarian-relief organization strategically based in Springfield, Missouri — the crossroads of America — the goal of Convoy Of Hope is to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting. See the video on our partnership from our 2017 National Conference below.

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Vineyard USA Official Relief Partner: Convoy Of Hope

Our Vineyard USA Official National Relief partner, Convoy Of Hope, is a first-responder to disasters at every turn. Please join us in prayer and support of their efforts, as they serve those in need.

How You & Your Church Can Make A Difference

How can you and your church get involved with Convoy Of Hope?

GIVE: Support Convoy via their website.

FOLLOW: Get Convoy’s updates on their Facebook page.

PRAY: Pray for all those impacted by a natural disaster as it happens, and for the vulnerable to get to safety.

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About Convoy Of Hope

Vineyard USA has an official partnership with CONVOY OF HOPE to get aid to areas around the United States when disaster strikes.

From their website:

As a faith-based, international, humanitarian-relief organization strategically based in Springfield, Missouri — the crossroads of America — our goal is to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry and hurting.

We do this by:

Engaging

Each year — in dozens of communities throughout the nation — guests of honor receive free groceries, health and dental screenings, haircuts, family portraits, hot meals, job-placement assistance and much more at our signature events.

Caring

We partner, resource and empower rural churches through training, mentoring and coaching so they can enhance their presence in their communities. The strategy works best when church leaders partner with community leaders and stakeholders.

Nourishing

Nearly 150,000 children in 10 nations are being fed nutritious meals by us. The food opens doors for education, clean water, a sense of hope and much more. Currently, we are feeding children in the Philippines, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa and Tanzania.

Growing

Impoverished farmers and families are equipped with the skills, tools and seeds to produce life-sustaining crops through the agricultural work we conduct throughout the world. Each year, tens of thousands of meals are harvested for our children’s feeding work and income is generated for farmers.

Responding

Consistently among the first to respond to disasters throughout the world. We are highly regarded for our scalable distribution model, Disaster Response teams, six international warehouses and Mobile Command Center.

Partnering

We empower like-minded organizations, who are doing good work among the poor and suffering in their communities. This is accomplished by providing such friends with food, water, supplies and much more.

If you or your church would like to give to Convoy of Hope, click here.