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Feeding the world, one cupcake at a time.

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We’re grateful to Scatch Cupcakery in West Des Moines for committing a portion of their profits to Meals from the Heartland. On August 1, 2014, every “Oh Happy Day” cupcake sold is $1.00 toward the essential cost it takes to package nutritious meals for hungry children and families in Iowa and around the world.

Every meal we package costs 20 cents. That means with just one cupcake, you are giving five people one less reason to wonder if they’ll eat that day. Not a bad way to help end the unnecessary suffering caused by local and global hunger.

To participate in this “oh, happy day” stop by Scratch Cupcakery on August 1, 2014, at the following location:

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7450 Bridgewood Blvd Suite 215
West Des Moines, Iowa

Not a cupcake fan? We’ll still gladly accept your dollar(s) to help cover the costs of the millions of meals that are packaged each year! Learn how to donatehere.

 

The 40 Millionth Meal’s Trip to Uganda.

The 40 Millionth Meal’s Trip to Uganda

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The Grimes United Methodist Church’s first stop in Uganda was the Watoto Church in Kampala. Watoto is the organization they are supporting with the mission trip. You can read all about their travels on their blog at: www.gumctouganda2014.wordpress.com

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After the Watoto Church visit, the crew went to Noah’s Ark, a home and education center for abandoned children, where they helped unpack boxes of Meals from the Heartland rice and soy meals, including the 216 meals that were packed in a suitcase.

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The leaders of Noah’s Ark expressed their appreciation for the meals specifically because the kids (and the adults) actually like them! He explained that some other efforts to send food, though well-intentioned, do not taste as good to the locals as these.

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Nothing from the Meals from the Heartland packages goes to waste at Noah’s Ark. The team spotted boxes throughout the grounds, used as dressers for clothing, to keep bed mattresses warm and dry, to hold charcoal for fires and many other creative uses.

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The group was taken to the kitchen to show what was cooking in the large kitchen kettles over open flames: lots and lots of meals from Meals from the Heartland! And at just 20 cents per meal, the impact this food has on alleviating hunger in this community is incredible.

Fighting world hunger with the Evelyn K. Davis Summer Youth Experience Program.

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We had the privilege of hosting around 44 youth from the Evelyn K. Davis Summer Youth Experience Program. These enthusiastic volunteers packaged 9,936 rice and soy meals, washed dishes, labeled bags, cleaned scales and more. A job well done, these students truly are future leaders. Hope we get to see them again soon!

 

40th millionth meal sent to Mukono, Uganda

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We recently packaged our 40 millionth meal thanks to all who have dedicated time and resources over the last six years. To celebrate, we sent that milestone meal on a trip around the world. Stay tuned to hear about its travels with @GrimesUMC!

 

Community of Christ Senior High Summer Camp.

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The spirit of service was evident with this group of around 80 student leaders at the Community of Christ Senior High Summer Camp near Guthrie Center. This was their third Hunger Fight, and they got right down to business and packaged 20,088 rice and soy meals! Happy to see our future leaders coming together to make a difference.

A Mini Mission with a Mighty Impact.

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A Mini Mission with a Mighty Impact.

On June 20, we welcomed a group of 5th and 6th graders from First United Methodist Church in Ankeny to the Patty Cownie Center to package meals as one of their service projects during a week full of mini missions trips around the Des Moines metro.

In just a few hours, 50 volunteers packaged 4,320 meals. And since every single meal packaged is one more hungry belly fed, there’s nothing mini about the way they gave their time and energy that day.

Is your youth group looking for a way to serve? We love giving the next generation of leaders hands-on experience with caring about the world around them. Get in touch with us today to set up a time for your youth to package meals at contact@mealsfromtheheartland.org.

Mac and Cheese Week

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Mac and Cheese Week
We have been packaging mac and cheese meals this week at our new packaging center to help build up the inventory of these meals in area food pantries.  A group of 40 volunteers packaged 6,912 meals on June 19th during one of our open packaging events.  We even had a couple of youth from California volunteer.
Give back this summer.  Bring your family and friends along to one of our packaging center events.  Sign up to package meals here.

Help package macaroni and cheese this saturday.

Macaroni and Cheese packaging event in our new packaging center this Saturday morning June 21st. Volunteers needed, click here to sign up.

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First macaroni and cheese meal packaging event.

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We had some serious hunger fighters in the house on Saturday June 7th. On that day Meals from the Heartland held its first macaroni and cheese meal packaging event at the new Patty Cownie Center, home of Meals from the Heartland. With the help of 44 volunteers, 9,072 meals were packaged to fight hunger in Central Iowa. A special thank you goes out to the Missionary Alliance Church of Blairsburg, Iowa. Seventeen youth and adults from this church boarded the church bus at 7 a.m. for the ride to West Des Moines for the 9:30 a.m. event to help package these meals. These church members also raised $950 to help cover the cost of the ingredients needed to make these nutritious meals.

Surprise bus tour.

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Third Reformed Church Mystery Tour visits Meals from the Heartland!

Meals from the Heartland was honored to be one of the stops for the Third Reformed Church’s mystery tour.  This group of 45 from the Pella church listened to a presentation on what we do, toured our new packaging center and even packaged a few meals before departing to their next mystery stop.
We love involving churches, schools, businesses and individuals in our fight against hunger.  Please email us at contact@mealsfromtheheartland.org for information on how you and your organization can join us in this fight.
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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 3,150,00 meals and are 31% of our goal!!!