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Celebrating National Catholic/Christian Schools Week

Meals from the Heartland is helping to celebrate 2016 National Catholic/Christian Schools Week January 31-February 6 by welcoming local students as they volunteer their time with us.

A total of six Central Iowa Catholic or Christian schools will participate and spend an afternoon at our West Des Moines location over a two-week period, packaging nutritious meals to be distributed in Central Iowa and around the world.

20160128_104912Holy Family Catholic School in Des Moines brought about 115 students with 7 adults on Thursday, January 28 to share their time with us. As the second school to visit us this week, they packaged an impressive 24,000 meals during their shift! We thank them for their hard work and hope they had as much fun as we did!

 

 

20160201_135559On Monday, February 1, we had about 120 second, third, fourth and fifth grade students from St. Theresa Catholic School join us to package some meals. They worked hard and had a blast and contributed almost 19,000 meals to be distributed to children, individuals and families who wouldn’t eat otherwise. Thank you for your dedication!

 

 

IMG_2933Students from Iowa Christian Academy spent the day with us and packaged a whopping 38,500 meals! They really enjoyed themselves, and took some time to say a blessing over the meals they packaged before they were finished. We hope they will be back again soon! Thank you!

 

 

We thank these hard-working, compassionate young men and women for visiting us and hope to see them all again soon!

IT’S THE 2016 SUPPER BOWL!

IT’S THE 2016 SUPPER BOWL!

It’s the SUPPER BOWL

brought to you by Meals from the Heartland

Meals from the Heartland is looking to make this great American sporting event a “Super” compelling day to give back, helping those in need.

Monday, February 1st, through Game Day on February 7th, we are calling on all of our friends to donate to support Meals from the Heartland during the 2016 Supper Bowl!

Our goal for donations during the Supper Bowl is $5,000.00.

With your help, we can use these donations to purchase more supplies for our life-saving packaging events held throughout the year.

Simply click on the “Give Now” button below to make your contribution today!

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Click above to help support Meals from the Heartland!

Package Information:

Every meal packaged for those in need costs Meals from the Heartland $1.20. Amazingly, each completed meal package can feed a family of six!

With a donation of just $25.00, Meals from the Heartland can add 20 meal packs to our next shipment – saving 120 people.

How many lives will you save today?

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events Were a HUGE Success!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events Were a HUGE Success!

What an amazing testament to the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.!

meals from the heartland, grubb ymca, mlk jr day prayer breakfast, packaging event, community leader recognitionMeals from the Heartland held three separate packaging events on Monday, January 18, to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day here in Des Moines and we were blown away by the astounding turnout and results!

One of our teams headed out to Grand View University for the annual MLK Day of Service Community Partnership Project. This year, Grand View received a grant from Iowa Campus Compact to help support the Meals from the Heartland packaging event and to purchase the supplies needed. Last year, students and faculty packaged 20,000 meals. This year they vastly surpassed that total by completing nearly 39,000 meals during this one-day event! Great job, Vikings!

Meals from the Heartland was privileged to again partner with the John R. Grubb YMCA to provide a service project as part of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Prayer Breakfast. Held in the Drake University Knapp Center, community residents and local leaders came together in fellowship through a breakfast meal followed by a keynote address from author, advocate and philanthropist Tavis Smiley. There was a ceremony to recognize community leaders, a youth choir performance, and a Youth Summit for about 250 high school students from all across the Des Moines metro. In the spirit of “whistle while you work”, members of the Roosevelt High School Choir sang loud and proud during the packaging event, creating a fun and energetic atmosphere for everyone involved. This fantastic group packaged over 40,000 meals in only a couple of hours!

While these events were taking place around Des Moines, the Meals from the Heartland packaging center in West Des Moines was buzzing with its own frenetic activity! We put out a call for volunteers for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 6 and you answered the call, filling all eight sessions available in ONE DAY! We were overwhelmed by your generous support! Throughout our MLK Day of Service event, we passed our goal of 145,000 meals with flying colors, packaging over 154,000 at the West Des Moines location alone! All together, volunteers packaged almost 234,000 meals to be distributed here in Iowa and all over the globe!

For your service, hard work and generosity, Meals from the Heartland says THANK YOU!

THANK YOU For Helping Us Reach Our 2015 Goals!

THANK YOU For Helping Us Reach Our 2015 Goals!

We can’t begin to tell you just how blessed we’ve been!

2015 was a spectacular year, and we couldn’t have accomplished our packaging goal without our volunteers and partners. The generosity of time and donations remind us of the kindness of our community and we are so grateful to those who have made this accomplishment possible.

Volunteers at a few of our biggest packaging events pulled in some really impressive numbers in 2015!

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: over 119,000
  • Iowa Hunger Summit: over 100,000
  • Spring Break and Special Spring Events: roughly 2,308,000
  • Annual Hunger Fight: more than 4,000,000 meals packaged!

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We want to send a tremendous THANK YOU to everyone who has touched our World. 2016 brings new opportunities and new focus for our mission. Keep watching for fun and exciting volunteer events, employment opportunities and new goal updates throughout the year!

We can’t wait to get going – come along for the ride!

Become a Packaging Event Leader!

Become a Packaging Event Leader!

Are you looking to get more involved at Meals from the Heartland? Would you like to do more than packaging? Join us on Monday, February 8 at our packaging center to learn more.

We will provide pizza at 5:30, followed by an informational meeting from 6-7:15pm. We would love the chance to tell you about the different leader roles available:

leader training, meals from the heartland, feed the hungry, packaging events, leadership, experienced responsible packagers*Event Greeter

*Bucket Brigade

*Pack Master

Read descriptions of these volunteer roles HERE

Meals from the Heartland appreciates all of our volunteers and will always welcome those who want to help! If you’re interested in something a little more, come spend an evening with our team and learn what goes into a packaging event, the volunteer roles vital to each event, and try one on for size!

Please RSVP to Sandy Niland, Volunteer Coordinator, by noon on February 8th at sandy.niland@mealsfromtheheartland.org or 515-473-9530.

*URGENT* CHANGE TO FEBRUARY 20 PACKAGING EVENT

*URGENT* CHANGE TO FEBRUARY 20 PACKAGING EVENT

meals from the heartland, urgent news, packaging alert, packaging event change; volunteer urgent newsThe packaging event on February 20 has been changed. There will no longer be an open pack available for that Saturday, but there are many other options for February.

If you signed up to package on February 20 PLEASE revisit our calendar and join us for a different open pack date.

We are thrilled with the enthusiasm we are seeing already this year from volunteers and never want to turn anyone away!

If you have any questions, please contact Sandy Niland, Volunteer Coordinator, at 515-473-9530 or sandy.niland@mealsfromtheheartland.org.

What Are You Doing January 18?

What Are You Doing January 18?

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Life’s most urgent and persistent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
–Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2016 will mark the 33rd celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Reverend King was not only a champion of civil rights, but a teacher of the timeless values by which he lived his life: courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service.

Meals from the Heartland will be offering packaging opportunities for volunteers all day on January 18, starting at 8:00am.

Each shift lasts an hour and a half and can accommodate 60 bodies to package meals for the hungry here in Iowa and around the world. Click HERE to open our scheduling calendar. Simply click on the MLK Day link to be taken to the registration* page. There you will find a listing of the available shift times and the number of people still needed for each shift.

We have all tried to make New Year’s Resolutions only to miss the mark year after year. THIS year, make it easy on yourself! Resolve to donate your time, to give to others, and join us on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to fulfill that goal!sign-up-today-

What a perfect opportunity to lead by example and teach your children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors how easy it is to make a tremendous impact on the lives of those who rely on the kindness of strangers to simply put food on the table.

All are welcome!

*We ask all of our volunteers to register to ensure we will have room for everyone to participate.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Packaging Event

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Packaging Event

Life’s most urgent and persistent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’
–Martin Luther King Jr.

January 18, 2016 will mark the 33rd celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Reverend King was not only a champion of civil rights, but a teacher of the timeless values by which he lived his life: courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility and service.

packaging event, mlk day, martin luther king jr day, feed the hungry, meals from the heartlandMeals from the Heartland will be offering packaging opportunities for volunteers all day on January 18, starting at 8:00am. Each shift lasts an hour and a half and can accommodate 60 bodies to package meals for the hungry here in Iowa and around the world. Click HERE to open our scheduling calendar. Simply click on the MLK Day link to be taken to the registration* page. There you will find a listing of the available shift times and the number of people still needed for each shift.

We have all tried to make New Year’s Resolutions only to miss the mark year after year. THIS year, make it easy on yourself! Resolve to donate your time, to give to others, and join us on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to fulfill that goal!sign-up-today-

All are welcome!

*We ask all of our volunteers to register to ensure we will have room for everyone to participate.

Thank You Christmas Week Volunteers!

Thank You Christmas Week Volunteers!

meal packaging event, Christmas packaging, small volunteers, feed the hungry, Meals from the HeartlandThere are no small jobs at Meals from the Heartland, only small volunteers!

Thanks to this hard-working crew and many other families, friends and co-workers this week, more than 200,000 meals are ready to feed the hungry here in Iowa and all around the world!

We were overwhelmed with all the volunteer support we received this holiday week! We saw businesses, local families, extended families and old friends all come together for a good cause!

THANK YOU for making this a very blessed and merry Christmas for all involved!

You Can Still Make a 2015 Donation!

As 2015 draws to a close, we at Meals from the Heartland can’t thank our supporters enough for all they have done and accomplished! The need for our life-saving meals continues to grow in our own communities as well as around the world, making your generosity vital to so many.

If you haven’t already, there is still time to make a 2015 donation!

donation, tax deductible, financial support, meals from the heartlandWe couldn’t do what we do without the time and effort of the individuals and groups who come and package our products, but your continued financial support is also critical in providing our life-saving meals. The food and the materials are not, unfortunately, donated. Meals from the Heartland relies on the kindness of the community and their financial support to purchase supplies and, because we are a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, every donation is tax-deductible. Because each meal packaged costs only 20 cents, every dollar donated is critical and has a broad impact! These nutritious meals will be distributed right here in your own backyard as well as across the United States and throughout the world!  So when you celebrate this Christmas, please consider making a tax-deductible gift to help us end the year strong!

If you’ve already donated, trust that your contribution is even now going far in helping those in need and we THANK YOU! Your generosity will enable us to package more meals and help even more people in 2016, and your donation will benefit your bottom line come tax time.

Please visit our donation page and select your contribution amount, or you can mail or drop off your donation at our packaging facility at 357 Lincoln Street, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265.

Meals from the Heartland, as well as the thousands of people you have helped feed this past year, thank you and wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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