Iowa FFA Association to Package
250,000 Meals at State Leadership Conference
AMES, IA – The Iowa FFA Association and Meals from the Heartland are proud to announce that they will partner together to package 250,000 meals at the 86th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference at Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa on Sunday, April 27th and Monday, April 28th. 2014 marks the third year these two organizations have engaged in this partnership.
More than 1,500 FFA members from throughout Iowa, in addition to Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey and Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, are expected to volunteer in this effort to package 250,000 rice-soy meals.
This packaging event is made possible with support from the Iowa FFA Foundation and its partners: the Iowa Food and Family Project, a part of the Iowa Soybean Association and GROWMARK.
About the Iowa FFA Association
The Iowa FFA Association has 219 local chapters with over 14,200 FFA members. FFA is a national organization of nearly 580,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in science, business and technology of agriculture. FFA’s mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.
About Meals from the Heartland
Meals from the Heartland is a non-profit organization composed of volunteers who package meals for delivery to starving people in Iowa, the United States and around the world. Since 2008, Meals from the Heartland has provided more than 40 million meals to the food insecure. Meals from the Heartland conducts meal packaging events year round throughout central Iowa as well as at its packaging center in West Des Moines.
On April 16, 2014 Waukee High School students participated in a Hunger Banquet at the school. The 150 students were divided into three groups representing the world’s population. The smallest group of students were served a five course meal and represented the world’s upper class. The middle group of students was able to have Meals from the Heartland rice and soy meals along with bread. The largest group of students, representing those living in poverty, were given only rice and water and sat on the floor to eat.
At the conclusion of the banquet, 60 of the students conducted a Hunger Fight and packaged 17,064 Meals from the Heartland rice soy meals. The students raised funds to cover the cost of meals packaged.
For the fourth year in a row, in what has become a Lenten service tradition, St. Joseph’s Catholic School middle school students packaged around 30,000 meals on Good Friday at our new packaging center. Students wore special “Keep Calm and Feed the Hungry” t shirts as they happily packaged meals. The 85 students in 5th through 8th grades raised over $3,000 this school year to fund the cost of these meals. These funds were then matched 100% through the Meals from the Heartland Youth Grant program.
Volunteers from Urbandale, Windsor Heights, Ankeny, Johnston, West Des Moines and Des Moines joined us this morning to package meals at our new packaging center during one of our special open shift events. We even had a couple of area high school students pack meals during a break in their schedule. Go to our website and sign up today to package meals in April and May during one of our special shifts at the new packaging center.
Meals from the Heartland is excited to be coming to Humboldt for a two day community meal packaging event on April 11th and 12th. Read about the great fundraising idea that St. Mary’s School did to help raise funds to purchase the ingredients!
A Community Basketball Shoot Out was held in the St. Mary School Gym in Humboldt to raise funds for the upcoming community wide Meals from the Heartland packaging event. Free will donations were taken with all proceeds going to Meals from the Heartland to fund the cost of the meals to be packaged. Students in Grades 5 and up participated with awards given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. Baked goods were also sold. The students will also volunteer to help package the meals. See some of the photos from this fund event!
Special Church Youth Group Program
Meals from the Heartland is committed to engaging and encouraging youth to become involved in the fight against hunger. We are excited to announce a special youth group meal packaging program on Wednesday evenings at our new packaging center. Every Wednesday evening has been set aside specifically for church youth groups to package up to 5,000 meals. Please call (515) 473-9530 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a Wednesday night for your youth group and for more information on this special program.
First Presbyterian Church, Fort Dodge, IA.
The Meals from the Heartland mobile event held at First Presbyterian Church in Fort Dodge was AMAZING with 180 volunteers packaging 37,800 meals in less than two hours! Seventeen teams represented the congregation, the schools and community. Special thanks to three local 4H clubs who not only helped pack the meals but also donated funds.
These young people brought a group of friends with them and made this event part of their 14th birthday party. Every time they filled another box you could hear, “Happy Birthday!”
During Faith Alive time five teams of preschoolers through senior high youth packed meals. This was the fourth annual Meals from the Heartland mobile event at First Presbyterian. A big “thank you” goes out to all the leaders and volunteers who made this event a great success.