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Rural Communities Are Equipped to Serve by Convoy

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Poverty and hunger are equal-opportunity problems. The same issues the world’s largest cities grapple with also confront local mayors and town councils. That’s why Convoy of Hope helps rural communities discover and effectively implement solutions to the issues they face.

For Stephanie, that issue was a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. “We went from a two [person] income to a one [person] income. And Convoy of Hope has tremendously helped us out.” During her treatments, she and her husband heavily relied on food supplied to her church’s food pantry by Convoy of Hope.

Many parents living in rural areas struggle to afford food for their families. “The need in the area is huge,” said CJ Davis, a pastor at Ignite Church in Reeds Spring, Missouri. “It’s tough, because a lot of people are looking for jobs … and circumstances are hard. And we get that. We just try to stand in the gap where we can.”

Convoy of Hope works alongside communities to move forward in addressing the needs they prioritize. Whether it’s groceries, shoes for kids in school, paper products for first responders, or seeds to plant community gardens, the resources help address specific requests from local agencies.

“We have a lot of area partners coming together and realizing this is something bigger than themselves,” said Davis. “Partnering with Convoy of Hope has been huge. Not just for our church, but for all of the area partners we work with.”

To join Convoy in showing rural communities they aren’t forgotten, give to the Feed the World Fund.

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