Empowering People to Save the Starving

You're invited to get involved with Meals from the Heartland.  Whether you want to make a donation, volunteer your time, or host a private event, you're in the right spot.  Visit the links at the right to learn more.

Make a Donation

We rely on your generous support to fight hunger.

Become a Volunteer

There are many ways you can volunteer with us.

Host an Event

Help fight hunger year-round by sponsoring a hunger fight.

We Serve the Hungry



We have a passion for ensuring people are fed, which led us to volunteering for Meals from the Heartland. We’ve focused on bag labeling, which involves taking the food bags and current expiration date labels to various local retirement communities, where residents, who otherwise might not be able to volunteer at the Meals location, place the expiration date labels on the bags. It’s so rewarding to engage with the residents who feel a real contribution in helping feed the world.



Sergio's community was hit hard by the recent earthquakes in Mexico, and many of his neighbors lost their homes. After receiving some of our meals, he was curious about where the food came from. He researched us and was touched as he read about Meals from the Heartland's mission and saw pictures of the many volunteers who made it possible. In his own words,

"We got some of your meals after the earthquake here in Mexico and I feel truly grateful for the help we received from you and the people that kept sending support after the disaster. I have no words to express how moved I am from your work...I looked for your organization to thank you and let you know we truly appreciate the effort of all volunteers."


Mexico Earthquake Survivor

Meals from the Heartland is THE BEST place to be a volunteer! I am so impressed with the staff and all the volunteers that show up every Tuesday morning when I am there to volunteer. It is a great group to spend a Tuesday morning with, and occasionally I volunteer for other events.

So many food insufficient people in our community both local and worldwide and this is my way of giving back, time and quarters! Since beginning my volunteer "job" at Meals from the Heartland I have "trained" myself NOT to spend quarters. The ingredients for each meal cost 20 cents, so I donate all my quarters. So come join us! Pack meals, fill a volunteer support spot, save your quarters!! See you soon!

Marilyn G.


I've been volunteering with Meals from the Heartland since 2011. I started out packaging meals and it felt so rewarding to know that my efforts were going to make an impact in somebody's life. Over time I moved to other jobs from making boxes to labeling bags. No job is a small job when there is a noble cause attached to it! Eventually, I got the opportunity to do office work and the more I got to know other co-volunteers and the staff, the more I fell in love with the place. Now, I volunteer twice a week and I can't think of a better way to spend my free time. By being part of their mission I've learned that a better world is not just a utopia, it can be done as long as we all put our efforts together with love and compassion. One hour of my time that I spend volunteering might not change the world but could change the world for the person that receives the help.



As an FFA member, I strive to embrace the idea of “Living to Serve” which is a part of the FFA motto. Meals from the Heartland is an organization that has provided me with the means to serve others in a significant way. As a part of Lone Tree FFA Hunger Service Day, I've worked with MFTH to set up an annual packaging event at Lone Tree Community School in an effort to build a service-oriented culture within the community and educate students about the millions of people who face unimaginable challenges throughout the world. Meals from the Heartland has made the process simple and provides extensive opportunities for ambitious students to cultivate a global impact and serve others. I highly recommend reaching out to MFTH and discussing what you can do in your community to join the global movement to end hunger. The most challenging part is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.

Jaxon Mullinnix

Southeast Iowa FFA Vice President / Lone Tree FFA President