To support its response to the COVID-19 crisis, including the 10 Million Meals campaign, relief ministry Convoy of Hope has enlisted Australian Christian music duo For KING & COUNTRY and other well-known Christian performers for a live-stream benefit concert tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Central.
According to MusicRow, The TOGETHER: A Night of Hope event will include split-screen performances from the respective homes of For King and Country’s Joel and Luke Smallbone and their six band members. MusicRow also reported that the concert will include the premiere of a new song by for the Grammy-Award-winning duo.
The show will also include appearances by Christian music artist Kirk Franklin and actor and television personality Kathie Lee Gifford, MusicRow reported.
Convoy of Hope launched the 10 Million Meals campaign on March 25 as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, a news release from the Springfield, Mo., non-profit said.
Hal Donaldson, president of Convoy of Hope, announced the initiative in a video on the agency’s website.
“We have already been meeting needs in big ways across the country,” the news release said. The agency said it is already “delivering dozens of loads and serving tens of thousands of people in need” as a result of widespread disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
“This is a united act of compassion,” Donaldson said in the release. “Churches, businesses, civic organizations, and local governments are coming together to help children and families get through this difficult period. Many families have lost employment and, with school closures, children have lost access to school lunch programs.”
“The need is great — we have received hundreds of requests for food from 35 states. This week, Convoy of Hope’s fleet of tractor-trailers has delivered more than 60 loads of goods around the country. Much of the food has been donated by major corporations; because of current demands on suppliers, some of the food is being purchased at below wholesale prices. Additional resources will be needed as the new virus continues to spread and needs increase exponentially.”
The release said, “Convoy of Hope’s Disaster Services, Supply Chain, and other teams are working tirelessly to meet every need possible while trying to make sure every team member stays safe in the process.”
“We are aiming to supply partners, churches and community organizations with 10 million meals to be distributed across the United States to help feed people during this great time of need.”
The agency offers information on how to donate on its website.
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Tim Tune is a freelance journalist based in Fort Worth, Texas. His work has been published by Baptist Press, as well as the Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Business Press, Arlington Today magazine and other North Texas publications.