The Convoy Of Hope Rolls Into Sacramento Providing Some $1 Million In Goods And Services In A Single Day

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Neighbors Help Neighbors Experience a Poverty-Free Day with the Help of National Convoy

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***SACRAMENTO, SEPTEMBER 15***

Sacramento, Ca., August 30, 2012—According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 12.7% of Sacramento residents are living under the poverty level, with an unemployment rate of 13%. Feeding America reports that in 2011, 17.2% of residents living in Sacramento County are food insecure.

In response to the alarming statistics, hundreds of Sacramento-area residents are preparing to welcome hurting neighbors at what they hope will become a community movement. Local businesses, churches, government agencies and nonprofits will partner with The Convoy of Hope, a community outreach event September 15 Cal Expo Center, Sacramento, California.     This community event is one of dozens of stops along a 50-state, $50 million tour offering hope and help for the 46 million Americans currently living in poverty—the largest number on record.*

WHAT:

The Sacramento community will provide some $1 million in goods and services in a single day through lasting solutions to real need such as 400,000 pounds of groceries, consultations with health professionals, dental services, kids zone activities, haircuts, portraits, back-to-school supplies, bike repair, job fair, prayer time and spiritual guidance, live entertainment with free lunch and more.

An exciting new partnership at these outreach events is with the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Free breast cancer screenings are being offered to combat the higher breast cancer death rates among poor women, due to lack of access to early detection and treatment. “Right now, there are millions of women in America – including ‘working poor’ women – who don’t have insurance and can’t afford the cost of a mammogram. Without a mammogram, these women are at risk of being diagnosed too late,” according to Janelle Hail, Founder/CEO National Breast Cancer Foundation.

WHEN:

Saturday, September 15, gates will open at 10 a.m.

WHERE:    

Cal Expo Center Sacramento, CO (Map)

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

  •     Interview local families benefitting from poverty-free day
  •     Interview national leaders from The Convoy of Hope
  •     Interview national leaders from the National Breast Cancer Foundation
  •     Press kit materials and high-res photos of the national tour available at convoyofhope.org/press_kit

THE CONVOY OF HOPE 50-STATE TOUR
With an 18-year track record of serving 1.6 million Americans in poverty, The Convoy of Hope is now headed to all 50 states in a two-year, $50 million effort to unite communities to provide neighbors a poverty-free day and the first step on the path out of poverty. The National Breast Cancer Foundation is partnering with The Convoy of Hope to provide education and—in select cities—breast cancer screenings to help with early detection for the 70 percent of community outreach guests who are women.

Convoy of Hope
Convoy of Hope is a faith-based international humanitarian organization that has served 50 million hurting people in 100 countries since 1994. Through children's feeding initiatives, community outreaches, disaster response and partner resourcing, Convoy of Hope has given away more than $272 million (wholesale value) in food and supplies and is a nine-time Charity Navigator Four-Star Award winner. The organization is based in Springfield, Mo.    

CONTACT:
Jeff Nene
417.823.8998 / 417.860.2196 mobile
Andrew Bradley
510-910-3443
convoyofhope.org/press_kit        

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*Associated Press, 2011

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