Hope begins with a meal.

We feed more than 145,000 children in 11 nations. Nutritious food opens doors for education, clean water, a sense of hope and much more. Currently, children are fed in the Philippines, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Kenya, Ethiopia, Guatemala, South Africa and Tanzania.

Why Feed Children?

The goal of our Children’s Feeding Initiative is to see lives changed as we promote healthy children and communities that are free from poverty and hunger. Many of the children enrolled in our initiative have their only meal of the day at school — a meal provided by Convoy of Hope and our numerous partners.

We believe that the children we feed are essential members of their communities who can, one day, become leaders who bring positive change to their countries by breaking the cycle of poverty and hunger.  To accomplish our goal, we use the daily meal as a starting point to build strong, loving communities that have clean water, healthy living environments, education and livelihood opportunities.

Our Impact

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    146,676

    Children enrolled in Children’s Feeding Initiative.
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    11

    Countries where we feed children.
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    102,484

    Children who are fed each school day.
  • $120

    (on average) to feed a child for an entire school year through Convoy.
  • 1

    Life transformed every time a child is enrolled in our Children’s Feeding Initiative.

Our Approach

  • Nutritious Meals

    We feed and monitor the health and growth of children each day in far-flung places such as El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua, the Philippines, Ethiopia, South Africa, Guatemala, Tanzania and the Dominican Republic. We implement appropriate sustainability programs based on the needs represented in each country.

  • Clean and Safe Water

    Clean water is life sustaining. That’s why Convoy of Hope has committed to the collection of water, distribution of water filtration systems, and training and equipping local partners where safe water is not available.

  • Healthy Living Environments

    Dangerous structures and improper sanitation can derail a child’s life. We create healthy living environments by teaching appropriate sanitation practices, completing school rehabilitation projects and showing locals how to build proper latrines.

Experts in the field

Kevin Rose

Senior Director -- Children’s Feeding Initiatives

Kevin Rose joined the team in 2009 and was instrumental to our response to the 7.0 Haiti earthquake January 2010. Since, Rose has helped enrollment in the children’s feeding initiative scale from less than 20,000 children to more than 145,000.

Program Spotlight

feedONE

If you can’t feed 100 people, then just feed one.

feedONE is a passionate, creative community dedicated to eradicating hunger one person at a time. We believe if the emerging generation is unleashed to solve the world’s great challenges, they will produce a whole new world. The world is rich with complex problems ranging from conflict to disease, and the way forward is not always clear. However, we believe when it comes to one of mankind’s most fundamental needs, the solution is clear; let’s all just feedONE other person.

48 Hours in the Philippines

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Kayla, an emloyee of DMP, donates a portion of her salary to support feedONE, a Convoy of Hope initiative. Kayla, an emloyee of DMP, donates a portion of her salary to support feedONE, a Convoy of Hope initiative.

Going to work to feed kids

Employees of Digital Monitoring Products in Springfield, Mo., have committed to raising more than $27,000 to support feedONE, a Convoy of Hope initiative focused on eradicating world hunger. The business says 125 of its employees have committed to feeding 226 children in 2014.

Kayla, a receptionist and single mom of two, is feeding two children she’s never met for the entire year. “I wouldn’t want my kids going with out food,” she says. “We’re cutting out a fast food meal a week to help make this happen. It makes me feel good. I like giving back.”

To learn more, visitfeedONE.com

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Children's Feeding / Inspiration / News
Jacqueline is enrolled in our Children's Feeding Initiative at her school in El Salvador. Jacqueline is enrolled in our Children's Feeding Initiative at her school in El Salvador.

Life-changing gifts

It almost seems like yesterday that it was just my brothers and I, along with a few friends, who were reaching out to underserved people as Convoy of Hope was being born. We were a skeleton crew doing the best we could to reach as many people as possible, but we all had the sense that we were at the beginning of something bigger than ourselves.

Over the last 20 years, I think about those first days, weeks and months of Convoy of Hope often and am thankful and humbled. I’m thankful to the tens of thousands of friends and volunteers who’ve helped us in our efforts to help the impoverished. I’m thankful for the more than 63 million people we’ve served – who’ve proved to me that a small idea thought out of compassion can translate into something powerful.

When I hear stories like Jacqueline’s, I think of the thousands of children just like her that we’re feeding around the world and I thank God that small act of compassion in 1994 has led us to helping them. As you read Jacqueline’s story, I hope you’ll be reminded of the reason our work at Convoy of Hope is so important – now and in the future!

Jacqueline’s story

As it climbed up a jungle-laden mountain in rural El Salvador, Convoy of Hope’s vehicle careened in and out of ditches, potholes and drop-offs to get food and supplies to a remote school where 75 children are being fed.

“It’s often very difficult to get food and supplies up here,” says Arely Hernandez, a Convoy of Hope El Salvador feeding site coordinator. “Especially during the rainy season when the roads are muddy, but we still get it here. These children are poor and hungry and depend on us for food.”

A young girl named Jacqueline looks with anticipation as the school workers scoops a ladle of beans over a plate of rice.

“I’m so hungry,” she says. “Thank you ma’am!”

Jacqueline, 12, depends on food from Convoy of Hope to make it through the day. She lives with her single mom and 3 siblings in a dirt-floor hut. Her mother works in the fields and struggles to put food on the table but does the best she can.

“We felt horrible when we did not receive food,” adds Jacqueline. “We went hungry.”

Now, Jacqueline says she and her family are happier because they receive food at school. Convoy of Hope and its partners have been providing food to Tapacún School for more than a year.

Will you partner with us to help people like Jacqueline?Give Hope.

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Children's Feeding / From The Founders

Feeding more children in 2014

Great news! We’re feeding more children around the world than ever before thanks to your support. In fact, our Children’s Feeding Initiative recently reached a milestone of feeding 146,676 in 11 countries! Just five years ago, there were 18,000 children enrolled in the initiative so we’ve seen quite an increase in enrollment in a short amount of time.

Thanks again for your support! As you read this, a hungry child somewhere is getting a nutritious meal because of the kindness of others.

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Children's Feeding / News / Program Updates
Judy was able to get a new wheelchair for her son through our Mothers' Clubs program in El Salvador. Judy was able to get a new wheelchair for her son through our Mothers' Clubs program in El Salvador.

More than just a meal in El Salvador

In front of a modest church in El Salvador, women in their Sunday best file out of crowded trucks. Chattering with excitement, they walk into the church with arms full of hand-crafted jewelry and bright colored flowers. Though the scene could easily be mistaken for a Sunday morning gathering, it’s really a press conference to celebrate a new partnership between the U.S. State Department and Convoy of Hope’s Mothers’ Clubs.

At the mic, Madam Ambassador Mari Carmen Aponte beams with excitement as she tells of a $60,000 grant and the newly-minted partnership between the U.S. State Department and Convoy of Hope. The grant, she says, will give women throughout El Salvador access to seed capital to start their own businesses and enable them to develop co-ops and savings groups.

After speaking to the women and media, Aponte walks by tables spread with colorful jewelry and decorative flowers made by the women, she compliments and encourages them.

“This is so special to my son and I,” says Judy, 29, moments after Aponte visits her and her disabled son, Nelson. “I felt her warmth and kindness towards us.”

Judy says her life began to change for the better in February 2013 after enrolling in the Mothers’ Clubs program.

“Even though I was attending the classes, it wasn’t easy,” admits Judy. “I had to take Nelson to class and work with him on my lap because he could not support himself. I could never leave him alone to rest.”

The women leading Judy’s Mothers’ Club immediately recognized her unique challenges and helped arrange for Convoy of Hope to get a wheelchair donated for Nelson. As soon as Nelson got his new chair, Judy’s skill level and optimism for a better life were fast tracked.

“The Mothers’ Club changed my life in more ways than one,” she says. “The wheelchair has made our lives so much easier. I can rest and work and he can have some independence.”

Judy says she makes enough money now selling her jewelry to buy food to supplement the food she receives through Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding Initiative at her daughter’s school.

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