Who We Are

Meals from the Heartland is a nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization. We are made up of volunteers from businesses, schools, churches, community organizations and beyond who package meals for delivery to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States and around the world.

Our mission: Empowering people to save starving children.

Our vision is to alleviate life-threatening hunger through:

Education: We offer information and resources about global hunger and everyone’s role in this issue.
Engagement: We provide year-round service opportunities for people of all ages to serve God and people in need.
Feeding: We partner with meal distribution organizations so that meals can reach hungry people here in Iowa and around the world.

Click here to read our MftH Core Values.

Since 2008, Meals from the Heartland has provided nearly 150 million meals to the hungry in Iowa and around the world.


2008 – 4,028,136       2009 – 4,029,934

2010 – 8,084,698       2011 – 6,083,811

2012 – 7,782,156       2013 – 8,764,560

2014 – 10,658,144     2015 – 15,727,824

                                                                          2016 – 18,144,000     2017 – 23,049,000

                                                                          2018 – 19,484,280     2019 – 23,112,864

Our history

The inspiration for the Meals from the Heartland effort began with a 2007 food-packaging event held during Lent by a church in West Des Moines, Iowa. The success of that event encouraged leaders to organize a community-wide food-packaging event that would involve more volunteers to feed hungry children and families. It was that leap of faith that brought Meals from the Heartland to Des Moines in 2008, resulting in 12,000 volunteers who packaged more than 4 million meals in a week’s time at our first Annual Hunger Fight.

The success of that first event led to the development of a year-round meal packaging effort. Thousands of volunteers now come together to package millions of meals year-round.

If you’d like to request a speaker to talk about Meals from the Heartland in front of your organization, school or church, please contact us.


Isaiah 58:10 “Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.”