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Convoy of Hope Named ‘Four Star Charity’ for 18th Consecutive Year by Charity Navigator

Charity Navigator has given Convoy of Hope their prestigious 4-star rating for the 18th straight year.

Financial accountability and transparency are vital when considering which charitable organizations to support. To that end, Convoy of Hope works tirelessly to ensure we meet and exceed the best practices of our industry. That’s why every year since 2002, we’ve done what was necessary to obtain Charity Navigator’s highest possible rating.

On average, more than 90% of every dollar raised by Convoy of Hope goes directly to programming. The remaining covers our administrative and fundraising costs. Convoy of Hope’s commitment to keeping our overhead low demonstrates our determination to efficiently deliver help and hope to people in need.

Convoy of Hope’s profile on Charity Navigator can be found here.

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Throughout the last year, Convoy of Hope distributed more than 200 million meals to those who needed help. Throughout the last year, Convoy of Hope distributed more than 200 million meals to those who needed help.

One Year Later: Reflecting on 2020 & the Pandemic

We are quickly approaching one year of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. As photos flood social media feeds from last March and as friends share about the last shows, events, or large gatherings they attended in 2020, we’re reminded of how our lives have drastically changed. For many, reflecting on this year of loss is a painful experience. But it has also been a year of hope.

Convoy of Hope launched our COVID-19 response in late March 2020 as we saw people lose jobs, kids leave school — along with the school lunches many of them depended on — and families worry about basic necessities. In a time of the unknown, Convoy of Hope chose to bring light and hope with a pledge to distribute 10 million meals.

Your generosity quickly turned 10 million meals into 50 million, and then 100 million into 150 million. As the need grew, so did your compassion. In a time where we were told to stay physically distanced, we came together through kindness and generosity to help those hit hardest by the pandemic.

Now, approximately one year later, Convoy of Hope has delivered more than 200 million meals to people suffering from COVID-19 and the restrictions that followed. With your support, we also fed more than 387,000 children every single school day, empowered more than 26,000 women and girls, and trained more than 15,000 participants in agricultural practices in 2020.

Last year was difficult in profound ways for everyone. As we look back, we urge you not to forget the triumphs. Since last March, you have helped bring life-changing hope to millions of people.

Your individual acts of kindness — whether they were financial donations, time volunteered, or a post shared on social media — were the driving force behind a united act of compassion.

Thank you. 

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NASCAR, NFL Athletes & Convoy of Hope Gear Up to Help Vegas Communities

“Woohoo! Man, this is a lot,” one man said with a smile on his face. In his hands, he had several bags of groceries that NASCAR driver Joey Logano and Las Vegas police officers had given him. He went home with food, socks, hygiene supplies, a prepaid gas card, and hope.

Joey Logano and Las Vegas Raiders tight end Derek Carrier were at the event to greet hundreds of families and to work alongside Convoy of Hope. The distribution took place in partnership with the Joey Logano Foundation, Shell US, and Pennzoil. In total, more than 800 families in need received hope. Las Vegas news stations also spread stories of hope with their coverage of the event.

The distribution took place at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. One of the surprises for people who attended was seeing Carrier and Logano in person.

“It worked out great, just being here in Las Vegas and working with Convoy of Hope,” Carrier said.

“We have teamed up with Convoy of Hope; it’s been absolutely amazing out here in Las Vegas,” Logano said. “It’s been a surprise for Derek to come out here, and it’s neat to see the community all come together.”

Convoy of Hope and the partners involved were part of a “pit crew” that took supplies to people. The recipients were among three organizations in Las Vegas, including the Care Complex and The Salvation Army.

This event was made possible by Convoy Nation™. Convoy Nation is a gathering of friends and fans of Convoy of Hope — led by athletes, celebrities, innovators, idealists, and entrepreneurs — who are bent on fighting hunger, poverty, and suffering in partnership with Convoy of Hope.

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Daytona 500 & NASCAR Fans Go the Distance to Deliver Help

After the Daytona 500, NASCAR fans and other community members teamed up with Convoy of Hope to help serve the Daytona Beach area. Although the weather that day was dreary and unseasonably cold, the occasion was quite the opposite. 

The drive-thru distribution event provided groceries, socks, and other necessities to those affected by the pandemic or who found themselves in need of a little extra help and hope to get by. The NASCAR Foundation, Joey Logano Foundation, and Convoy Nation all worked together to make a difference in the community.

As a result of this event, more than 2,800 bags of groceries, 3,500 pairs of socks, and 120 cases of water were given out to more than 700 families. 

“Thank you so much for doing this,” Guest of Honor Eva Benitez said. She and her four children came to the event after she saw an Instagram post promising groceries and other necessities. Her husband, a construction worker, is the family’s sole provider but has been struggling to find consistent work. Thankfully, the Benitez family found the help that they needed at the event. “It helps. Thank you.”

“We are proud to host this food distribution event immediately following the Daytona 500,” Nichole Krieger, Executive Director of The NASCAR Foundation said. “We have been a proud partner alongside the Joey Logano Foundation and Convoy of Hope since the pandemic began to bring more than 180,000 pounds of food and supplies to 4,000 families in our racing communities in need. We couldn’t be happier to work with ONE DAYTONA and Daytona International Speedway to reach the local community right here in our hometown of Daytona Beach.”

“Convoy of Hope … has put a big shining light on a lot of people’s faces that need it right now. We just want to say thank you,” said Michael from the Joey Logano Foundation. “This has been an amazing event so far.” 

“Bringing something like this — where we can give back and give to our community, give to the folks that are here — really does go a long way to help,” Krieger concluded. “Thank you to Joey Logano Foundation and Convoy of Hope. This is the fifth time that we’ve done an event with them. They’re just great partners to work with and we’re thrilled to be able to do this.”

The event was an extension of Convoy Nation, one of our innovative initiatives. Convoy Nation works in the entertainment, entrepreneurial, and sports worlds to bring kindness and help to families who need it most.

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