April 2, 2020 | 12:50 p.m.
Thank you for continuing to help Convoy of Hope provide hope across the United States!
March 31, 2020 | 1:00 p.m.
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 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, 2020 | 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.
Be a part of the response by donating today.
March 20, 2020 | 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, 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 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 providing 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.
March 16, 2020 | 7:29 a.m.
Springfield, Mo.As cases of COVID-19 increase within the United States, here are some answers to questions you may have about the virus.
March 11, 2020 | 4:42 p.m.
Springfield, Mo.According to the Associated Press, The World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared that the global COVID-19 crisis is a pandemic, which they define as a new virus causing sustained outbreaks in multiple regions of the world. This elevated status is causing governments and organizations to reevaluate what they can do to help control the spread of the virus. Below are resources we've gathered regarding COVID-19 that may be helpful to you. We hope they are useful as you evaluate how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.
- CDC Coronavirus Situation Summary
- How to Stay Current with CDC Situation Reports
- CDC Travel Warning Levels
- CDC Resources for Community & Faith Leaders
- World Health Organization COVID-19
- Harvard Medical School Coronavirus Resource Center
- Ease Your Fears: Coronavirus & Travel
- WHO Coaching Videos & Graphics
March 10, 2020 | 7:37 a.m.
Springfield, Mo.COVID-19, the highly contagious strain of the coronavirus that has spread worldwide, has dominated the news cycle for weeks now. To help protect our readers against misinformation regarding the virus, we've compiled a list of credible links to help answer questions you may be asking.
- Where in the world has COVID-19 spread?
- What are practical ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus at home, in the office, or in public?
- How many cases of COVID-19 are there in the United States?
- What countries are the higher risk to travel to?
- What should I do if I have travel scheduled?
- Should I be wearing a respirator when I leave my house?
- Who is considered high risk to get coronavirus?
- What if someone I know lives in a senior living center?
February 27, 2020 | 1:23 p.m.
Springfield, Mo. While Convoy of Hope is not a medical response organization, we do occasionally assist in situations where the health and well-being of others is in jeopardy. This particular strain of the virus, COVID-19, began in China’s Hubei province. According to the BBC, it quickly spread throughout the country. Several other nations have reported their own outbreaks, including South Korea, Japan, Iran, and Italy. While the number of cases was low at the time this article was written, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is forecasting that the virus will eventually make its way to the United States. Convoy of Hope will continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 and assist as much as possible.