Response Updates

Martin Rice Company & Lt. Governor Kehoe Support Ukraine

USA Reported by Convoy of Hope

Martin Rice Company has donated five tractor-trailer loads of rice to Convoy of Hope. This donation will provide approximately 200,000 pounds of rice to support Convoy’s response to the war in Ukraine.

“We all watch the news. You could tell more and more that there was going to be a big need for food,” said Martin Rice Company President Tim Martin. “I think it’s going to be desperately needed when it gets there, so this will help.”

Convoy of Hope loaded the first of the five trucks at Martin Rice Company’s headquarters in Bernie, Missouri, last week. Representatives from both organizations attended, along with Missouri Lieutenant Governor Mike Kehoe and his wife, Claudia.

After touring the Martin Rice Company facility, Kehoe spoke to the heart and compassion of the Martin family and their company. “Many of those people … these guys will never meet, but they understand a connection that’s called humanity,” said Kehoe.

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Recently, Convoy of Hope pledged 50 million meals to Ukrainians affected by the war. Martin Rice Company’s donation is a significant contribution toward that goal.

“Convoy of Hope is grateful for partners like Martin Rice Company that make it possible for us to serve the people of Ukraine,” said Convoy of Hope President Hal Donaldson. “Together, in a united act of compassion, we’re giving children and families hope.”

Convoy of Hope’s response to the war in Ukraine spans eight countries, including Ukraine itself. Through a network of deployed team members and local partners, Convoy is providing food, water, medical items, hygiene kits, and other necessities to people in need.

“Convoy of Hope has just been an inspiration in helping us fix this piece of the puzzle out,” said Kehoe.

“We’re watching them help the people in Ukraine today. But the reality is [that] the hundreds of thousands (millions) of people they’ve helped — all out of here in Missouri — is something that we all should be very proud of.”

To learn more about Convoy’s response to the war in Ukraine, click here.


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