Hope partners for good.

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

Why Resource Others?

Convoy of Hope’s partners are crucial to our work responding to disasters, holding community outreaches and implementing life changing feeding initiatives throughout the world. Each year corporations donate tens of millions of dollars’ worth of food and supplies to Convoy of Hope, which we in turn distribute throughout channels and also through partner organizations bent on making a difference in their communities.

Our Impact

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    $413,526,589 $413.53 m

    Worth of food, water and relief supplies procured since 1994.
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    305,772,387 305.77 m

    Pounds of food, water and relief supplies distributed since 1994.
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    $63,996,404 $64 m

    Worth of food, water and relief supplies distributed in 2013.
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    International warehouses and offices throughout the world.
  • 8,728

    Tractor-trailer loads delivered since 1994.

Our Approach

  • Gift-in-kind Partners

    Partnerships with companies, organizations and other private donors that donate/provide excess product, services or inventory to assist Convoy of Hope in carrying out our goals of providing help and hope to people worldwide through our Children’s Feeding Initiative, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing.

  • Corporate Partners

    With the support of our corporate partners, every dollar donated to Convoy of Hope is leveraged into more food, water and supplies for those who need it most.

  • Church Partners

    By connecting with churches nationwide and providing them an opportunity to partner with Convoy of Hope, tens of thousands of children are being fed regularly, people are being helped in times of disasters, and struggling families are helped at the organization’s community outreach events. Churches are vital to Convoy of Hope’s financial and volunteer base.

Experts in the field

Erick Meier

Vice President -- Supply Chain

Erick Meier leads a team that secures and moves product through our World-Distribution Center in Springfield, Mo., to distribution points around the world. Whether it be for our disaster response work or for our community outreach events or for our children’s feeding sites in 11 countries, our supply chain is critical to our work to bring help and hope to those who are suffering or in need.

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Three Reasons to Celebrate Mother Teresa’s Birthday Today

If Mother Teresa were alive on her birthday today, she would be 104 years old. The Roman Catholic humanitarian and Nobel Peace Prize winner died at the age of 87 in 1997, yet we believe there is great cause to continue to remember her life and celebrate the time that she spent here with us. Here are three reasons that we’re celebrating Mother Teresa’s Birthday and we think you should too.

No. 1 “Everyone can do something.”

We think Mother Teresa is a lot like you and a lot like us. She was a human being who understood her shortcomings and weaknesses yet still chose to use what gifts, abilities and resources she had to help others. Because of her self-awareness, she wasn’t afraid to challenge anyone and everyone to do something to help others.

Hal Donaldson, our president and co-founder, went to meet Mother Teresa in India years ago. Here’s his recollection of his conversation with the woman we celebrate today.

Within minutes of meeting Mother Teresa she had unknowingly helped set a new course for my life by asking me a simple question: “Hal, what are you doing to help the poor and suffering?”

“Nothing, really,” I answered honestly, wishing I could have had something better to report.

She looked at me kindly and said, “Everyone can do something.”

Shortly, after that meeting with Mother Teresa in India, Hal and his brothers began distributing food from the back of a pickup truck to families in need in California. In the years since, Convoy of Hope has reached around the world into the lives of more than 65 million people who are hungry, impoverished and hurting.

No. 2 “your next door neighbor.”

So often when we think of helping others, we think of somehow helping a child or family in another country. Which is great: we should be willing to help anyone and everyone who has need. Without your generosity, Convoy of Hope wouldn’t be able to provide healthy meals to more than 145,000 children in 11 nations. With that said, when we think about helping we should not just look “there,” but also “here.”

Mother Teresa is known for founding a work that has helped people in more than 130 countries, but she is most well known for her work in Calcutta, and for her service to the person in front of her. Recently we wrote about the time she said, “I want you to be concerned about your next door neighbor. Do you know your next door neighbor?”

No. 3 “just feed one.”

A few years ago Hal Donaldson was talking with his daughter about the kids that Convoy of Hope helps to feed. They got to talking about all the kids on the waiting list who didn’t have enough to eat. With young inquisitiveness, she asked something like, “If everyone just helped feed one, wouldn’t that be enough?”

Mother Teresa made a similar suggestion that, along with Hal’s daughter’s question, has inspired feedONE, an initiative of Convoy of Hope that aims to help bring an end to extreme hunger in our lifetime. She said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”

If you follow us on Twitter, you might have noticed Kobe Bryant and others wishing someone else happy birthday on our behalf.

Disney star and Hollywood Records multi-platinum recording artist, Zendaya, is turning 18 in a few days. To celebrate, she’s taking Mother Teresa’s advice.

Watch a video from ZendayaJUST FEED ONE

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Hope is central to what we do and it’s central to who we are. According to our name, hope is what we carry and it’s why we go.

Our 300,000 square foot World Distribution Center sits smackdab at America’s crossroads in Springfield, Mo. I think it’s pretty cool that with hope at our center, we get to deliver hope all across the United States from the Central Midwest.

Based on this same idea, we named this blog The Hope Supply, where hope is the heart of the story.

It’s a simple notion. Here at Convoy of Hope, hope is central. What’s central to you?

 

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The view above Ethiopia's capitol city of Addis Ababa. The view above Ethiopia's capitol city of Addis Ababa.

No, I am just visiting

An African proverb says, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” I often think of that proverb when I consider the work we’re doing around the world together.

We are unifying people, businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies around a movement of hope. We’re going far, and we’re doing it together.

Once as I was walking through immigration in Ethiopia, I learned I had mistakenly omitted the answers to a few questions on the admittance form. The security agent asked, “Occupation?”

I replied with a little chuckle, “No, I am just visiting.”Ethiopia-March-2014__0864 copyThis is the mindset of all who are involved with Convoy of Hope. We’ll travel to the ends of the earth to give of ourselves — not as occupiers but as visitors working together.

Alazer, a young boy in our feeding program in Ethiopia, is the reason we do what we do.The red dust on the playground swirls into the air as Alazer, 5, leads a group of about 30 children in dancing in circles and singing at his school in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

“Come, follow me!” he tells them.

It’s evident Alazer is a leader as the boys and girls fall in line behind him, following him around in circles.

Alazer and the other children in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding Initiative at his school just received a lunch meal of injera (traditional Ethiopian bread) and sauce. Their energy level is high as they play.

“When I did not have food in my lunchbox, I was sad,” says Alazer, an aspiring doctor. “Now I am happy and satisfied.”

Genet Abay, program coordinator in Ethiopia, says 400 children are now being fed every school day in Ethiopia.

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