Convoy of Hope, a national nonprofit will be in Albuquerque on Saturday to provide free groceries, as well as personal, health care and career services to any person in need.
“We love the community and want Albuquerque to know they matter and are valued,” said Brian Alarid, co-chair of Convoy of Hope, Albuquerque. “We want to reach out to people in need, as an act of compassion, and provide hope. We have no other agenda.”
Convoy of Hope will be at the Albuquerque Convention Center from 10 a.m. through 3 p.m. It will be dispensing 80,000 pounds of groceries, free lunch, haircuts, family portraits, children’s shoes, health and dental screenings, veterans services and job and career services, including résumé assistance. The event is free and open to the public, Alarid said.
About 100 different businesses, nonprofits, churches and government agencies will be partnering in the local convoy, which has an estimated total give-away value of more than $1 million in goods and services.
It will be the first time the Springfield, Mo.,-based organization has organized a convoy outreach event in Albuquerque, said Alarid, who is the pastor of Passion Church, a non-denominational church at 5528 Eubank NE. He is also president of New Mexico Prays, the organization helping to organize the local Convoy of Hope event.
Over the last 25 years, Convoy of Hope has done more than 1,000 similar outreach events in communities across the country and in 115 nations, distributing $805 million in food and supples and serving 262 million meals to more than 100 million people, Alarid said.
These events typically draw from 8,000 to 10,000 people. Fliers about the local event were distributed through the Albuquerque Public Schools students, so a large number of families with school-age children are expected to attend, he said.
No entry fee or donation will be required, nor will attendees be asked to show identification or proof of income. Spanish language interpreters will be available.
For more information, or to volunteer at the event, go online to www.convoyofhope.org/outreach/albuquerque.