The Convoy of Hope Rolls into Washington, DC 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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***WASHINGTON, DC, SEPTEMBER 22***

Washington, DC, September 15, 2012—According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 18.5% of Washington, DC residents are living under the poverty level, with an unemployment rate of 9%. The Verizon Center could be filled five and a half times with the amount of people living in poverty. Feeding America reports that 16.5% of people in the District of Columbia are are food insecure.

In response to the alarming statistics, hundreds of Columbia Heights, Washington, DC-area residents, local churches, businesses and organizations 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 22, Columbia Heights Community Center, Washington, DC. 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 Columbia Heights, Washington, DC community will provide some $1 million in goods and services in a single day through lasting solutions to real need such as 40,000 pounds of groceries, medical clinics, kids zone activities, family portraits, job fair with resume writing, community services, prayer time and spiritual guidance, live entertainment with free lunch and more.

WHEN:

Saturday, September 22, gates will open at 10 a.m.

WHERE:    

Columbia Heights Community Center, Washington, DC (Map)

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:

  • Interview local families benefiting from poverty-free day
  • Interview national leaders from The Convoy of Hope
  • 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
Jill Carmichael
805.368.3825
convoyofhope.org/press_kit        

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*Associated Press, 2011

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