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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!

*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.

We Love Hearing From Our Volunteers!

We Love Hearing From Our Volunteers!

We have many different volunteer groups come through our doors – schools, churches, community groups, businesses. But it’s always the families and kids who come to lend a hand and who are moved by the experience who really touch our hearts!

Recently, we received a letter from a volunteer named Delaney. This sweet letter included a beautiful picture of Delaney as well as a $25 donation from her in honor of her First Communion. The letter reads:

volunteer to help the hungry in des moines iowaDear Meals for the Heartland,
I had my first communion a little while ago, My Grandpa and Grandma’s gift to me was that I got to choose a charity to give a check to, and I chose Meals for the Hartland because I helped package food there and it was fun helping people who couldn’t afford or didn’t have any food. My mom came with me and it was also fun working with people that like to do the same things as I do. I hope you use this money to help people.

Bless you,
Delaney

Bless YOU, Delaney! Congratulations on your First Communion and thank you and your grandparents so much for your generosity!

Ankeny Christian Academy Shows The Holiday Giving Spirit

Ankeny Christian Academy Shows The Holiday Giving Spirit

meals fromthe heartland, ankeny christian academy, feed the hungry, packaging eventThe students of Ankeny Christian Academy hosted a Meals From the Heartland Hunger Fight as part of their week of service to help raise money for their school.

meals from the heartland, feed the hungry, ankeny christian academy, packaging eventKindergarten through 12th grade students participated and together packaged over 20,000 meals! The kids provided service with a smile, having fun giving back to their community!

 Thank you for your hard work and giving attitudes!

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170 Strong, John Deere Tops 60 Thousand Meals Packaged!

170 Strong, John Deere Tops 60 Thousand Meals Packaged!

John Deere Financial, packaging event, feed the hungry, meals from the heartlandMeals From the Heartland was fortunate to have the volunteers from John Deere Financial host a packaging event this month. Through the generosity of time donated by the employee volunteers, there was a total of 170 packagers!


During their event, the teams and managers worked together to package roughly 60,700 meals to be distributed to those in need. The teams also had the opportunity to learn about the Meals From the Heartland mission and vision, why and how we do the good that we do, and how vital it is to have help from the community.

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Thank you John Deere Financial for your hard work, your generosity and your teamwork!

285,120 meals are on the way

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Our mission partners include the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC), the Food Bank of IowaConvoy of Hope based in Missouri, and Blessman Ministries in South Africa. Through these partners, we are able to provide ongoing support to children and families locally and worldwide to promote sustainable health. These relationships allow our volunteers to continue to do what they do best – packaging meals – while relying on our experienced partners to do what they do best – deliver life-sustaining meals to the hungry. As we speak we are sending meals now.

1 semi holds 20 pallets

1 pallet holds 66 cases

1 case holds 36 bags

1 bag holds 6 meals

That 285,120 meals are on their way to feed hungry kids and families around the world.


 

Team Registration Open for 2012 Annual Hunger Fight!

It’s time to register your team for the Meals from the Heartland Annual Hunger Fight from August 29 through September 1, 2012 in Des Moines at Hy-Vee Hall. Why register your team now? It’s a great way to get people excited about participating in the event, and it gives you and you teammates a head start on fundraising.

This registration forms your fundraising team for the event. Remember, we rely on donations for individuals, groups and businesses to fund the meal packaging event. Without donations, we would not be able to host our Annual Hunger Fight each year. This year, our event goal is 5 million meals!

The average volunteer works a two-hour shift and packages 400 meals during that time. Each meal costs 20 cents to make so a donation of $20 will cover 100 meals. You can challenge your team to raise any amount you want to contribute!

We know you’re interested in signing up for volunteer shifts. Those shifts will open up in early August as they have in the past. BUT – if you register a team now, you’ll get the sign-up shift registration link a day earlier than the public, so register a team today!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at contact@mealsfromtheheartland.org or by calling 1-877-HLP-MFTH. Watch this space for more news and announcements as we get closer to our Annual Hunger Fight!

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