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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.

Are You Ready for #GivingTuesday? (What you can do to help)

Are You Ready for #GivingTuesday? (What you can do to help)


#GivingTuesday is December 1st!

Meals from the Heartland has joined with hundreds of organizations in the Worldwide recognition of #GivingTuesday. After giving thanks on our national holiday and the chaos of #BlackFriday, #GivingTuesday is a global effort to bring the focus of giving back to the holiday season.

For Meals from the Heartland, #GivingTuesday means additional funding to purchase the food and supplies used in the packaging events Central Iowans know so well. The donations received on #GivingTuesday as well as throughout the year, make the packaging events like the Annual Hunger Fight and events held by local churches, schools, businesses, and community groups possible.

Some upcoming Meals from the Heartland events that the #GivingTuesday mission will help support:

  • The Meals from the Heartland Christmas Packaging event – December 21st, 22nd, & 23rd (two sessions each day)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Packaging events at Meals from the Heartland as well as a possible 2nd event at the Knapp Center with the YMCA – January 18th
  • Open packaging events that take place almost daily throughout the month

All of these events are free to participants because of the funding received through donations. These donations can be made by clicking the link below, through activities like #GivingTuesday, as well as partnerships with companies like Amazon and which donates .5% of your purchases to their partnership missions.

Help Meals from the Heartland kick off this year’s season of giving. Click the link below to donate and make sure to share this post with all of your friends and family.

Together we can make a difference!

Donate to Meals from the Heartland for #GivingTuesday Now

Do you know about #GivingTuesday

Do you know about #GivingTuesday

#GivingTuesday offers a chance to join a social community focused on taking time to give thanks by giving to those in need.

This week we give thanks for friends, family, and the blessings allowed us through our faith and circumstance. While much of Thanksgiving is celebrated with tables of food and festivities, we also want to remind everyone of the need throughout our community and the World. That’s why, after Thanksgiving feasts, Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping, we encourage all of our friends and family to actively promote and give back to their favorite charities on #GivingTuesday.

givingtuesday opportunity to give back after thanksgiving

Click the image to go to the Meals from the Heartland #GivingTuesday profile!

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Observed on the first Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the holiday season, when many people – like you – are looking for a way to give back and make a difference in someone’s life.

While #GivingTuesday is a global movement, you don’t need to look any further than your own backyard to find those in need. Meals From the Heartland feeds children and families from desperate regions like Africa and Haiti as well as the homeless and families in need right here in the Midwest.

#GivingTuesday will help us fund supplies for meals in 2016!

Have you ever wondered where the food for the Meals from the Heartland packaging events comes from? Many believe it’s donated food, donated packaging, and that all Meals From the Heartland needs is your time. However, Meals From the Heartland is a non-profit organization and needs to purchase all of their supplies – food, packaging, and transportation – through generous donations given by individuals and businesses in their own community.

“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
– Winston Churchill

It’s a simple idea. Encourage your friends, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something MORE to those in need. Make your donations at, bring them or mail them to our office at 357 Lincoln Street, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265. Then use your connections through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media outlets, using the hashtag #GivingTuesday, to encourage everyone you know to participate and support Meals From the Heartland.

Donate for #GivingTuesday Now

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.


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