Hope for Rural America

Through Rural Initiatives, Convoy of Hope resources, empowers, and partners with rural churches through training, mentoring, and coaching. We believe their increased presence and partnership with local leaders will help strengthen and enrich their communities.

Why Rural Communities?

Poverty and hunger have gained a devastating edge in America’s rural communities. There are approximately 350 consistently poor counties in the U.S. — 300 of those are rural. Such poverty traps children in a cycle that prevents them from receiving quality education, nutrition, and health care. This need isn’t spoken of often enough, and we find it unacceptable. We’ll continue working tirelessly to bring positive change to these communities.

Our Impact

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    200+

    million meals delivered to communities in response to COVID-19*
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    4.5 m

    people served in 2020.*
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    100,000+

    school kits distributed.
  • 8,000+

    church and organizational partners.
  • 345

    tractor trailer loads of relief and supplies delivered to partners in 2020.

*These figures reflect Convoy of Hope's global COVID-19 response totals.

Our Approach

  • Partnering

    Rural Initiatives depends on partnerships with community leaders, local organizations, and churches in rural communities to reach out to those less fortunate.

  • Training

    By training, equipping, and empowering local pastors and community leaders to be more effective leaders in their communities, we believe lasting change will take place throughout the nation. Training sessions have been held at our World Distribution Center in Springfield, Missouri, and in rural communities across the nation.

Steve Donaldson

Senior Director of Rural Compassion

Steve Donaldson has been dedicated to training leaders in rural communities since 2003. Steve believes that the future of America depends heavily on the health of rural areas, and he’s gathered a team of experts who are actively working with a network of local pastors and community leaders to bring hope to the nation’s heartland.

School Backpacks

Rural Initiatives partners with local schools and churches to provide backpacks filled with school supplies. This helps establish these groups as part of the solution to poverty in their rural communities.

Hope for Rural America

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