“It’s amazing what all comes through and how we can use odd donations [to] make a big impact in a small town,” said Jeremy Hahn, Pastor and Executive Vice President of Life360 church.
Jeremy, with the help of several others, transformed an old grocery store into a massive assembly line of food, hygiene items, practical items, socks, and even teddy bears. The operation stretches to 72 towns across southern Missouri and is starting to expand into Arkansas, Kansas, Arizona, and likely Tennessee.
“We pack out of this location for about 15 different schools around the Springfield, Missouri, metro area,” Jeremy said. Convoy of Hope helps make the work possible.
“Convoy of Hope is a big partner for us, and to be able to get this done is incredible,” Jeremy said. “Every kid will eat, but we have the opportunity through Convoy of Hope and our partners to provide other things.”
This work was all born out of Convoy of Hope’s Rural Initiatives program.
“They started training me on these ideas of flying kite strings into the communities. And we started with that model right here in northwest Springfield,” he said. “[We] quickly realized … their focus was rural communities, and that was part of our vision as well. So we took that into our rural model. It is just incredible to see how quickly a rural community will respond.”
Life360 is feeding children across several states in rural schools where there is a free and reduced lunch rate of more than 50 percent. The entire school district receives food and other necessities in the classroom, which guarantees each child gets to eat.
“Our people are all about transforming their community. Our foot in the door is to feed kids, house, educate, and empower them,” he said.
Thank you to all of our partners like Life360 who help us share light and hope to children in rural communities around the world.