Convoy of Hope Serves 3,800 Guests of Honor in Frederick, Md.

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$1 Million in Goods and Services Provided in Single Day

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"The amount of food we're giving guests of honor today is more than some people can carry, so I've been helping people to their cars," said Jennifer, a Convoy of Hope volunteer.

Convoy of Hope’s 2013 leg of the 50-state Community Outreach Tour kicked off last Saturday in Frederick, Md., providing 3,844 guests of honor with essential services including free groceries, haircuts, family portraits, health screenings and more. One million dollars in goods and services were distributed to the less fortunate in the Frederick area.

“This community outreach is one of dozens of stops along a 50-state, $50 million tour of hope and help for the 46 million Americans currently living in poverty—the largest number on record,” says Ron Showers, senior director, community enrichment. “It was an honor for us and our partners to provide a poverty-free day for families in Frederick.”

More than 1,700 volunteers and 200 local organizations, churches and agencies helped make the day possible. Convoy of Hope’s partner, the National Breast Cancer Foundation, served 740 women, many who couldn’t afford a health screening. Additional key partners included Maryland Food Bank, Samaritan’s Feet, Feed My Starving Children and Plum Organics. Maryland Food Bank provided many of the groceries for the event and has been feeding the hungry in Maryland since 1979.

"The amount of food we're giving guests of honor today is more than some people can carry, so I've been helping people to their cars," said Jennifer, a Convoy of Hope volunteer. "Convoy of Hope is putting love into action."

Convoy of Hope’s 50-state tour stopped in 22 states in 2012 and continues through 2013.

Frederick, Md., Tour Fast Facts:

Total guests of honor: 3,844
Total community volunteers: 1,724
Total haircuts: 274
Total portraits: 500
Pairs of shoes given away through Samaritan’s Feet: 1,000
Meals packed by Feed My Starving Children: 100,000
Food packets provided by Plum Organics: 8,000

About Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope, a faith-based organization founded in 1994, has a driving passion to feed the world through community outreaches, children’s feeding initiatives, disaster response and partner resourcing. Convoy of Hope has a long history as a first responder in times of natural disasters and has been a Four Star Charity as recognized by Charity Navigator for nine consecutive years. For more on Convoy of Hope, please visit http://www.convoyofhope.org.

Convoy of Hope:
Jeff Roman, 417-942-7570 (M)
Public Relations Desk
jroman(at)convoyofhope(dot)org

or

Jeff Nene, 417-860-2196 (M)
National Spokesperson
jnene(at)convoyofhope(dot)org

The Convoy Frederick:
Michael Betteridge, 301-639-4323 (M)
Local Media Relations
mbetteridge(at)wthu(dot)org

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