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The Convoy of Hope rolls into Hagerstown

The Convoy of Hope rolls into Hagerstown
Neighbors Help Neighbors experience a poverty-free day with the help of National Convoy

Hagerstown, MD, September 17, 2012: According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 20.1% of Hagerstown residents are living under the poverty level, with an unemployment rate of 10.4%. The Municipal Stadium could be filled almost two times with the amount of people living in poverty. Feeding America reports that 7,360 children in Washington County are food insecure.
In response to the alarming statistics, hundreds of Hagerstown-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 22 Fairgrounds Park, Hagerstown, MD. 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.*
The Hagerstown 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, consultations with health professionals, kids zone activities, haircuts, portraits, back-to-school supplies, job fair, prayer time and spiritual guidance, live entertainment with free lunch and more on Saturday, September 22 at the Fairgrounds Park, 351 N Cleveland Ave, Hagerstown, MD. Gates will open at 10 a.m.
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 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. (*Associated Press, 2011)

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