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Fighting Hunger Here in Iowa

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For those asking, “what are we doing about hunger right here in Iowa?”  Meals from the Heartland, For the Heartland An account of Meals from the Heartland’s local impact. The Meals from the Heartland Packaging Center vibrates with the echo of voices, music and the buzz of rice whooshing through funnels. The bustling activity pauses for volunteers to celebrate a “Meal Count” in the upper thousands. Eighty volunteers are spending an April afternoon in West Des Moines preparing meals for the hungry. This scene might sound familiar to the thousands of Iowans who’ve volunteered at the Packaging Center over the […]

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What’s the Fun in Fundraising?

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We want to share an amazing fundraising project by high school students at Third Church in Pella. Each student painted one canvas square when they raised $200 for Meals from the Heartland. This project produced an amazing impact and stunning results! Fundraising can be fun (and beautiful!) when done right. If you’re raising money to host your own mobile or private event, or simply want to make a donation to Meals from the Heartland, we encourage you to get creative. Raising money doesn’t have to be awkward or difficult. If you make the process enjoyable and accessible for your fundraisers […]

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Your Health Feeds the Hungry

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Did you know you can fight hunger while getting your groceries at Hy-Vee? This Hy-Vee newsletter article was recently published in the Des Moines Register. It highlights Hy-Vee’s One Step brand of cereal, potatoes, water and paper towels. A portion of One Step proceeds benefit various causes throughout the world. One Step Shredded Wheat Cereal proceeds benefit Meals from the Heartland! The whole-grain cereal is an excellent source of fiber, sure to benefit your health and the health of malnourished people right here in the Midwest. Look for the 100% recycled cardboard box the next time you’re in the cereal […]

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Something Seems Different…

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It’s our new site! Welcome! As Meals from the Heartland grows to reach lives far outside the heartland, we wanted to simplify our website to make it user-friendly for everyone. We’ve designed the site so that you can find what you’re looking for as easily and as quickly as possible. Hover over the VOLUNTEER or DONATE tabs to see what we mean. Visit the EVENTS tab to see our upcoming events and event-hosting information, where you can learn how to host an event here at the packaging center or at your own location. THE FEED is where you’ll go to get all the latest updates […]

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Join Meals from the Heartland for Spring Break 2016!

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Not everyone gets to spend Spring Break on a warm, sandy beach, avoiding the crazy Iowa weather…But that doesn’t mean you have to hibernate! Come help Meals from the Heartland reach their 1 MILLION MEALS Spring Break Goal! Bring your friends, your kids, your daycare (kids 5 and over welcome!), your basketball-track-cheerleading-football-rugby team, your coworkers or perfect strangers and make your own exciting Spring Break right here in West Des Moines! There will be challenges for each team or table, music, a chance to meet new people and do something great for your community and those in need around the […]

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THANK YOU For Helping Us Reach Our 2015 Goals!

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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! We want to […]

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

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What an amazing testament to the message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.! Meals 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 […]

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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 […]

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Packaging Event

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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 […]

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Thank You Christmas Week Volunteers!

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There 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!

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