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



Hiya! I just wanted to take the time to Thank You All! I'm 3yrs new to Illinois, but don't know much about this state because I'm disabled and unfortunately on a strict budget. I go to the Salvation Army Food Pantry in Bloomington here. I'm enjoying the Taco Mac that I received there as part of my "food package." It was really delicious with my summer sausage! I always thank those who volunteer their time and services. But I never thought to thank those people where the food actually comes from. As part of my "new" late resolution; I'm doing it now! So a BIG THANK YOU to ALL of the people who made, put together, delivered, sorted, packed etc!!! Believe me it's extremely appreciated! So with a happy tummy I say Thank You one more time!

Tammy G.

Food recipient

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

I am so glad that I have the opportunity to volunteer with Meals from the Heartland. It is so
rewarding to represent MftH at the labeling events held at various retirement facilities around the Metro. Through my volunteer efforts, at these events, MftH is able to provide another opportunity to volunteer for folks who, for various reasons, are unable to package meals, plus I have met so many awesome people, who have greatly enriched my life. Through volunteering for MftH, I know that I am making a contribution towards feeding Iowans and others across the US who are food insecure, including those affected by the recent natural disasters, and hungry people internationally.


Offsite Labeling Coordinator

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 don't think anyone should NOT be doing this activity.  For a school of our size, this small, being able to do it was unbelievable.  I think that's a testament to how much we care about projects, the FFA, and about everything we do.

Ken C.


Matthew 25:40 The King (God) will reply, "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine (the hungry), you did for me. God can only feed His children who are hungry through MY HANDS, your hands. That is why I look forward, at age 82, to being God's hands two to three times a week being a packmaster and filling bins with rice and soy meal. Join us!

Dave A.