About

Changing Lives Through Kindness

Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreach, and disaster response.

In partnership with local churches, businesses, civic organizations, and government agencies, Convoy strategically offers help and hope to communities around the world.

History

Founded in 1994, Convoy of Hope is just getting started.

Founder Hal Donaldson’s father was killed in a tragic car crash. Through the kindness of neighbors, Hal and his family managed to make ends meet. The compassion they received would later lay the foundation for Convoy of Hope.

Meetings with Mother Teresa, and missionaries Mark and Huldah Buntain, inspired Hal Donaldson and a handful of dedicated family and friends to establish Convoy of Hope and host the first outreaches called “Care Days.”

Convoy of Hope more than doubled the number of events held the previous year, and opened its headquarters in Springfield, Missouri.

A friend donated the first tractor-trailer to Convoy of Hope.

First U.S. and international disaster responses were conducted.

Convoy of Hope served its one-millionth person. Operations continued to expand in the U.S. and around the world.

The Convoy of Hope World Distribution Center opened, dramatically increasing capacity to store and distribute food and supplies.

When the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred in New York City, Convoy of Hope responded with food, water, and relief supplies.

Convoy of Hope distributed nearly 1,000 tractor-trailer loads of food and supplies in response to Hurricane Katrina.

The 100th country was served and the Children’s Feeding program began in El Salvador.

Convoy of Hope surpassed $100 million in donated food and supplies. More than 20 million people were served since 1994.

More than 20,000 kids were engaged in the Children’s Feeding program in 2009. In total, 30 million people had been served.

Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment initiative started in Ethiopia. After Haiti’s massive earthquake, Convoy distributed emergency aid and dramatically increased the number of children being fed throughout the recovery process.

Farmers in Haiti began to receive training through Convoy of Hope’s new Agriculture initiative. A major milestone was crossed when more than 100,000 were engaged in the Children’s Feeding program.

Convoy of Hope surpassed 50 million people served.

Las Vegas, Nevada, was host to Convoy of Hope’s 1,000th Community Event.

By 2015, more than 6,000 women were trained and equipped by Convoy of Hope’s Women’s Empowerment initiative.

More than 10,000 participants completed training in Convoy of Hope’s Agriculture initiative by 2016. Farms and gardens around the world experienced increased harvests.

Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria caused enormous damage across the Caribbean, and in Houston, Texas. Convoy of Hope made a long-term commitment to the people of Puerto Rico.

The Hope Education Network was launched, creating an opportunity for future humanitarian workers to learn from Convoy of Hope’s experience.

In 2019, 300,000 children were engaged in Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding program.

Convoy of Hope responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by distributing more than 200 million meals.

How We Do It

A compassion movement.

Convoy of Hope’s goal is to bring help and hope to those who are impoverished, hungry, and hurting. In order to do this, Convoy holds these as core values:

Love
Dignity
Service
Excellence
Integrity
Unity
Support
Partnership
Hope
Advocacy

Initiatives

Bringing hope to every area of need.

Convoy of Hope is a nonprofit organization on a mission to feed the hungry and bring help and hope to communities that need it most.

  • Every kid deserves to live a hunger-free life. Convoy of Hope is feeding hundreds of thousands of kids around the world.

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  • From earthquakes to tornadoes and droughts to floods, Convoy of Hope is there providing relief and a helping hand to communities.

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  • By combining a community’s passion with Convoy of Hope’s knowledge and resources, our Guests of Honor receive the tangible help they’re looking for.

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  • We train and equip communities to grow more food, opening doors to futures filled with opportunity.

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  • Unlocking the potential of women and girls is proven to be the most effective way to break the cycle of poverty.

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  • Poverty and hunger in small towns often go unseen. Working alongside local leaders, Convoy of Hope is making a powerful difference in rural communities.

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Children’s Feeding

Every kid deserves to live a hunger-free life. Convoy of Hope is feeding hundreds of thousands of kids around the world.

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Disaster Services

From earthquakes to tornadoes and droughts to floods, Convoy of Hope is there providing relief and a helping hand to communities.

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Community Events

By combining a community’s passion with Convoy of Hope’s knowledge and resources, our Guests of Honor receive the tangible help they’re looking for.

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Agriculture

We train and equip communities to grow more food, opening doors to futures filled with opportunity.

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Women’s Empowerment

Unlocking the potential of women and girls is proven to be the most effective way to break the cycle of poverty.

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Rural Initiatives

Poverty and hunger in small towns often go unseen. Working alongside local leaders, Convoy of Hope is making a powerful difference in rural communities.

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Who We Are

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The Convoy Team

Meet the board, team, and volunteers who keep Convoy of Hope moving forward. 

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Press & News

If you’re a media outlet, find the latest news and updates about Convoy’s work. 

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Careers

Join the team to help us reach more people and change more lives.

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Financials

See how Convoy of Hope maintains effective work by being good financial stewards.

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Hope Education Network

Whether you are a university or a college student, the Hope Education Network can help you change the world through kindness.

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Statement on politics.

As a not-for-profit organization with tax-exempt status, Convoy of Hope does not align with, endorse, or otherwise support any particular political candidate, organization, party, or platform.