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Celebrating World Food Day

It’s World Food Day! Thanks to your support, Convoy of Hope is bringing hope to millions as part of our driving passion to feed the world. This includes feeding more than 300,000 kids through our Children’s Feeding program and providing more than 125 million meals to those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our original goal was to provide 10 million meals to Americans hit hardest by the coronavirus. But because of the incredible support of Convoy of Hope’s friends, we surpassed that goal — by a lot.

Yes, World Food Day for Convoy of Hope is about feeding as many kids as we possibly can, but our heart still lies with each individual kid. The numbers are great, but when kids like Rachel in El Salvador hold a plate of hot food, it reminds us of the potential within every child we feed. A massive smile on her face, Rachel knows the power of a good meal. “The food that we get here benefits us all a lot,” she said. “Because some of us that come here haven’t had lunch and we know that we can have lunch here. And that’s good for all of us.”

Hunger is very real for many kids in the U.S., and COVID-19 and it’s economic effects have compounded the severity of their situation. Convoy of Hope has filled more than 2,800 requests from partners in the U.S. who have been distributing food to kids and their families.

According to the Global Nutrition Report, approximately half of all deaths of children under 5 can be linked to undernutrition. These deaths primarily occur in low-income and middle-income countries. Today, as we celebrate World Food Day, let’s take a minute to be grateful for what we have and refresh our commitment to feeding those in need. Together, we are feeding the world and — day by day — it’s becoming a better place.

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Convoy Distributes Food & Other Supplies Worldwide

Hurricanes Irma and Maria decimated much of the British Virgin Islands in 2017. Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services quickly deployed teams and sent emergency food, water, and supplies to survivors. Because of the devastation to the country’s infrastructure, the most effective way to help families was to charter a massive ship outfitted with hundreds of thousands of gallons of fresh water, 3 million meals, and tons of relief supplies.

How we get food, water, and relief supplies to their final destinations can vary for each of our programs: 

  • For Community Events and Rural Compassion Initiative, we transport relief almost always via trucks. Our fleet of semis and tractor-trailers does the majority of the hauling, though we occasionally contract the work out if a response is particularly demanding.
  • For our international initiatives — Children’s Feeding, Agriculture, and Women’s Empowerment — distribution is as unique as the countries they arrive in. Planes, barges, boats, trucks, and cars can all play a part in getting food, water, and other supplies to the more than 1,300 communities we work in throughout 18 countries.
  • Disaster Services can fall into either category. If a disaster occurs in the U.S., supplies usually arrive by truck. If it is an international disaster, they can arrive in a variety of ways, including by boat! Oftentimes, supplies are purchased within the country itself or in a neighboring country to expedite the process. (It can take weeks for a container to ship from the U.S.)

Since 1994, we’ve used donkeys, tractor-trailers, airplanes, forklifts, skidsteers, boats, and good old-fashioned humanpower to deliver relief to some of the hardest-to-reach places on earth. We’re not afraid to go to great and creative lengths to make sure the hungry are fed.

 

During Convoy of Hope’s response to hurricanes Maria and Irma, the opportunity to do something big — really big — appeared on the horizon. Convoy of Hope chartered the Roger White, a 300-foot shipping vessel, to bring $2 million worth of food, water, and relief supplies to the islands’ residents.

 

In response to an earthquake that struck Japan, Convoy of Hope shipped containers of food and other resources to the island.

 

Convoy of Hope, in partnership with another organization, airdrops food to survivors who would otherwise go hungry.

 

As wildfires rage across the Great Plains, one Missouri farmer makes a unique donation of hay for farmers who need to feed their cattle. “It’s your whole livelihood when you farm,” he says. “I can’t think about what they’re going through. What I’m doing is just a small part.”

 

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Convoy of Hope trucks carrying relief supplies crisscross the country. Convoy of Hope trucks carrying relief supplies crisscross the country.

Convoy of Hope Receives ‘Four Star Charity’ Rating for 17th Consecutive Year

Convoy of Hope is happy to announce that, for the 17th straight year, we have received Charity Navigator’s ‘Four Star Charity’ rating!

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.

Currently, nearly 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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Earth-Shaking Hope in Haiti

In early 2010, I was working for Convoy of Hope in Haiti. Things were normal. I was finishing up hosting guests from the U.S. and waiting for a Field Team to arrive two days later. But late that afternoon, as I stood on the balcony of a friend’s home, everything changed. 

My memories of the January 12 earthquake are ones that will always be with me. I’ll never forget the sound of moving earth and crashing buildings. Of mothers wailing in the street. Of the look on peoples’ faces as they tried to process what was happening. 

Although my assignment at Convoy of Hope was not for Disaster Services, I found myself at ground zero for one of the largest natural disasters to hit the Western Hemisphere. I pushed through my mental haze and began working with our partners in Haiti to assess the situation, determine food inventory, and identify a base of operations for in Port-au-Prince. 

Thankfully, within 48 hours of the shaking, I was welcomed by the sight of my Convoy of Hope colleagues crossing the tarmac of the airport. They brought a sense of calm that I hadn’t felt since the ordeal began. I was eager to step out of the way and place the reins of the response in their very capable hands. 

We all witnessed the sadness and desperation that took hold throughout the island in the days and weeks that followed. It got so bad that many families were forced to place the lifeless bodies of their loved in the street to be collected and placed in mass graves. 

But we also saw the amazing power of hope. A strength rose up in the Haitian people, who had already endured so much, and they picked themselves up and moved into their new “normal.” The overwhelming global response to the calamity showed them that they weren’t ignored or forgotten. They would make it.

When the earthquake struck, Convoy of Hope and our partners were already invested and committed to Haiti and were feeding more than 13,000 kids every school day. The overwhelming need after the earthquake propelled us forward and forced us to fast track our plans in the country. In 2019, we are feeding more than 90,000 children in Haiti. 

Tragedies don’t often give people the chance to do anything but survive. That’s why we hope to look beyond the immediacy of a disaster and toward a day when survivors can participate in the rebuilding of their communities. That’s what Haiti has been for us. We were honored to come alongside Haitians and serve when they needed us most. But we’re most proud of when they came back alongside us as participants … as partners on Haiti’s journey. 

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Hope for the Holidays

As 2019 comes to a close, families around the world are preparing for the upcoming holiday season. For many of the 200,000 children in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program, the hope found in a warm bowl of food each day may be the only gift they receive. The support they receive from supporters like you is what makes the holidays so special.

Nine-year-old Olvin is one of the 11,000 children whom Convoy feeds in Honduras. When he’s not caring for his chickens or attending classes, he is most likely playing soccer with his friends. But the thing he loves most about going to school?

“The food is good!” Olvin says. “Sometimes they give us soup. They give us rice and eggs, too.”

Through Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program, Olvin receives the nutritious meals he needs to stay healthy and focused. Since starting the program in Honduras in 2011, Convoy of Hope has partnered with more than 100 Honduran communities.

While many are preparing shopping lists and putting up Christmas trees, Olvin’s family is looking forward to their own holiday traditions.

Olvin lives at home with his parents and two younger brothers. His father works long hours, and his mother, Ivania, runs a small business that Convoy’s Women’s Empowerment program helped her start. For them, the added support they receive from Convoy has been the glimmer of hope they desperately needed.

“Normally, we can’t give the kids gifts for Christmas,” says Ivania. “But this year, we will be able to give them gifts.”

Like many families, Olvin’s is looking forward to the Christmas season, because everyone is together and they attend church as a family. Ivania loves to prepare the holiday menu, which includes chicken, rice, potatoes, and bread.

“This year is going to be different from other years, though,” Ivania says. “This year, they will get new clothes for Christmas, and I can add a little something to the menu.”

As Convoy of Hope looks back on the last 25 years, we are humbled to be a part of empowering so many families and their communities. While many will struggle to keep food on the table this holiday season, Convoy of Hope continues to fight for the poor and suffering in hopes that families everywhere can “add a little something to the menu.”

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