We continue to be blown away by some of our youngest supporters! America’s U.S. Miss Iowa Tween queen, Paige Hilgerson (age 9), is using her passion and position to raise money, pack meals and spread awareness of local and global hunger. For years, Paige has packaged meals with her family, and her speech featuring Meals from the Heartland earned first place at the state pageant’s spokesmodel speech competition this past fall. So far, Paige has raised more than $100 dollars and handed out Meals from the Heartland M&M fundraising tubes at this summer’s national pageant competition, encouraging other state and regional queens to help. The tubes hold $14 in quarters, funding ingredients and supplies for 70 meals each!
Paige’s story is one of many that play an important role in changing the lives of food-insecure children and families in Iowa and around the world. And these efforts are at the heart of our Annual Hunger Fight $14 for 14 Challenge.
The $14 for 14 Challenge
The Annual Hunger Fight is just around the corner (August 26-29) and we’re asking all of our hunger fighters to take on a challenge like never before. Save and raise $14 a day for 14 days and you can provide nearly 1,000 of the anticipated 5 million meals packaged at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines! Car washes, bake sales, saving money from coffee drinks and restaurants are just a few of the many ways family, friends and teams can reach the goal together – read on for more creative fundraising ideas!
Sincere thanks to Paige (3rd runner up at nationals!) and all of our dedicated supporters. How will you take on this summer’s challenge? Share your $14 for 14 story with us!