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  • Package meals at our new center

Meals from the Heartland is excited to announce that we are packaging meals year round at our new packaging center located at 357 Lincoln Street in West Des Moines.


Online registration to package meals at our new center is available at here. Volunteer to package meals during one of our packaging center shifts shaded in yellow on the online calendar. The maximum number of volunteers per shift is 60. These special packaging shifts at our new center are reserved for individuals and families.

Companies, churches, service clubs and other organizations are also able to reserve their own private packaging event at the new center. Please call (515) 473-9530 or email us for more information including the details on the meals cost for a private event.

  •  Plan your own hunger fight

We package meals year round all over Central Iowa from Humboldt to Oskaloosa to Audubon. We want to come to your community, school and church to package meals. If you are interested in learning more on how to organize your own hunger fight event, we would love to talk to you. Please call (515) 473-9530 or email us for more information including the details on the meals cost for a private event.

  • Get your school and youth group involved

Meals from the Heartland is committed to engaging and encouraging youth to become involved in the fight against hunger.  We believe it is vital to encourage volunteer service at an early age in our young people.  In order to accomplish this, we have several youth packaging programs available. One example is that Wednesday evenings at the new packaging center are reserved specifically for church youth groups to package meals. Please call (515) 473-9530 or email us for more information on our school and youth group packaging programs and opportunities.

  • Donate to help support our hunger fighting efforts

Every dollar matters, whether it is $1, $100, $1,000 or more.  Just one dollar pays for five rice-soy meals or four macaroni and cheese meals! Please donate online or mail your donation to:

Meals from the Heartland
357 Lincoln St
West Des Moines, IA 50265

  • Become a year round volunteer as an event team leader or floor support volunteer

We conduct hunger fights, large and small, mobile and packaging center, year round. With the opening of our new packaging center, The Patty Cownie Center, home of Meals from the Heartland, 357 Lincoln Street,
West Des Moines, we will be greatly expanding the number of hunger fights we conduct each year.  We will need to increase our team of devoted event team leaders, floor support and event greeter volunteers.  These individuals help set up events, welcome packagers, supervise the packaging process, manage the refills of the main ingredients and help with the cleanup when the event is over. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email us  or call us at (515) 473-9530.  We would love to have you join our talented and devoted group of volunteers.



  • Buy a Special t-shirt

Donations are always needed to fund the ingredients and supplies to package our meals. A special opportunity for you to help fund the meals packaged is to purchase a special  t-shirt  online or at our packaging center for $20.  Your purchase of each  t-shirt will provide funding for 60 meals. Click to Order!  You can pick your shirt up at the Meals from the Heartland packaging center



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