DuPont Pioneer Student Challenge

Learn about starvation and help children around the world at the same time by participating in the Student Challenge!

Student-Challenge-croppedOn August 28th more than 1,100 students from Des Moines-area high schools participated in the Meals from the Heartland Student Challenge, sponsored by DuPont Pioneer, packaging more than 460,000 meals from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. as a kick-off to the Annual Hunger Fight. Pioneer is committed to helping improve the quality of life in the communities where their customers and employees live and work.  By working with others, we can find new and better ways to ensure that enough healthy, nutritious food is available for people everywhere.  

The goal is for the Student Challenge to grow into a year-round effort that provides leadership opportunities for students, brings education of global hunger into the schools, informs students of career opportunities impacting food production, encourages a life-long spirit of volunteerism, and helps Meals from the Heartland sponsor and package food to support families in need in Iowa, the United States and worldwide.

Interested in Serving on the Student Leadership Board?

The Student Leadership Board is comprised of 18 area high school students. Their vision is to create a student-led movement that impacts hunger through education, fundraising and hands-on volunteer service. Join with others to encourage volunteerism and create positive change throughout your school and community!  Details are provided on the Student Leadership Board Application. The deadline to complete and return an application for the January – December 2014 term is October 31, 2013.  

Student Leadership Board 2013

Student Leadership Board 2013


Watch this short video to learn more about the Student Leadership Board.


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We have a new goal for 2014 - 10 million meals! We packaged almost 8.7 million meals in 2013. To date in 2014, we have packaged 1,489,272 meals and are 15% of our goal!!!