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Birdies for Charity and Meals from the Heartland

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We are excited to announce that we have been approved as a participating charity in the Birdies for Charity program, a part of the Principal Charity Classic.

Please consider making a pledge to Meals from the Heartland through the Birdies for Charity program and increase the value of your donation by 25%!

All you need to do is make a pledge online at

http://www.principalcharityclassic.com/birdies-for-charity.php . You are able to pledge an amount for each birdie or just donate a flat amount. Donations can also be made through a donor advised fund.

Details of the program

Birdies for Charity is a fundraising program designed to give participants an opportunity to generate contributions based on the number of “birdies” made by the Champions Tour players during the 2014 Principal Charity Classic.

Beginning April 5th, anyone who pledges to a charity in the program will be entered into a drawing to win a new Smoker Grill donated by John Deere Financial! The contest is designed with you in mind! This is a perfect opportunity for you to pledge to your favorite charity and have a chance to win a great prize. The contest will end on May 2nd, 2014.

If a charity reaches a total of $1,500 in flat donations they are eligible to receive a 25% match of total pledges collected up to $25,000 in collected pledges. The top 25 charities will also receive additional bonus bucks, up to $2,500.

By making a pledge, you have the opportunity to guess the number of birdies made by the Champions Tour players in The Principal Charity Classic. If you guess the correct number of birdies made, you have an opportunity to win a D130 Lawn Tractor, donated by John Deere Financial. Void where prohibited by law.

A pledge can be made online at http://www.principalcharityclassic.com/birdies-for-charity.php or by picking up a pledge form from our office.

We appreciate your participation.

Special Shift Hunger Fight at Packaging Center!

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.

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First school bus in our parking lot!

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Valley Church Route 56 packaged 6,912 meals in the first ever Wednesday night church youth group packaging event. Ten adults and 62 of the most well behaved 5th and 6th graders around rode the bus to our new building and successfully kicked off our special Church Youth Group Program!

Call or email us to find out how your church youth group can be involved! Call 473-9530 or emailcontact@mealsfromtheheartland.org.

Boys and Girls Club delivery April 3rd

Meals from the Heartland is honored to partner with the Boys and Girls Club Feeding the Future program. This week 5,184 of our meals were donated to this program.

Each week the Boys and Girls Club provides a backpack of food for children to take home to help feed their family. We are very excited to be apart of this.

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Humboldt Basketball Shootout

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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!

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Special Church Youth Group Program

 

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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 contact@mealsfromtheheartland.org to reserve a Wednesday night for your youth group and for more information on this special program.

MEALS from the HEARTLAND Mobile Event

First Presbyterian Church, Fort Dodge, IA.

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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.

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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.

We did it! One Million Meals.

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We did it!  The 2014 Spring Break Hunger Fight was a great success.

 Thanks to the 3,500 volunteers who helped us reach our one million meal goal!  In total we packaged 1,002,510 meals over the three day event held March 18th to 20th.  We couldn’t have reached this milestone without each person’s efforts.

Please keep join us again at a future meal packaging event.  Watch our website www.mealsfromtheheartland.org or join us on Facebook for details on future events as well as for our five million meal goal Annual Hunger Fight details.

We are almost there.

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We are almost ready!

The rice and other ingredients are ready for the 2014 Spring Break Hunger Fight.  Every packaging shift is full!  We do still need floor support volunteers. 

Floor Support – Duties include: train and supervise packaging volunteers, stock raw product in the packaging station(s), help place packaged boxes on pallet, and maintain clean and organized packaging station(s). Five-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Event Greeter – Duties include greeting and checking in volunteers, answering general questions about the event, and performing other related duties. Five-hour shifts between 8:00 a.m.and 6:30 p.m.

Floor Support and Event Greeters – Click on the Registration Date You Prefer:

Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Thursday, March 20, 2014

Iowans have answered the call to package ONE MILLION MEALS but now we need to pay for the meal ingredients and supplies.  Each volunteer packager will use $40 of ingredients during their shift.
We humbly request that you consider a financial donation.   Please donate online or  bring a donation to the event or mail your donation to:
Meals from the Heartland
357 Lincoln Street
West Des Moines, IA  50265
See you next week!!

Kiss the Pig!

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Meals from the Heartland is so excited to be coming to the Humboldt community for a meal packaging event on April 11th and 12th.

A big “Thank You” goes out to Humboldt Middle School students. To help raise funds to package meals, these students held a Kiss the Pig contest. The students brought change and money and placed it in the jar of the teacher they wanted to see Kiss the Pig. The teachers with the most money in their jar after a week had to kiss a baby pig in front of the student body at the Homecoming pep rally. Four teachers plus the principal were lucky enough to kiss the pig.

The fundraiser raised over $400! A local farmer was kind enough to bring a baby pig in to kiss. He is planning on having another one for next year!

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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!!!