We Need Your Help This Season!

The items below will help us further our mission of empowering people to save the starving. Help us fund these necessary items by designating your donation below: New Electric Pallet Jack Pallet jacks help us load finished meal boxes into distributor’s trucks so that they can be shipped to feeding initiatives around the world. We use pallet jacks often to organize our warehouse and ship food. Please help us fund another pallet jack for our warehouse by donating below: Giving Box We always encourage donations at our packaging events, but we are missing a key element of giving… A place to give! We need


Today is Give Day!

If you’ve already donated at, thank you so much! You are truly making a difference in the lives of thousands. So far, you’ve funded over 20,000 meals! If you’re planning to donate today, there’s 13 hours left! Don’t miss this one-time chance to have your donation doubled. We’ve raised $25,000 of matching funds and we don’t want them to go to waste! Please know that just $10 makes a huge difference; it feeds 100 people! You CAN make a difference. GIVE HERE:  Let’s show Des Moines the power of Hunger Fighters by making it to the top of the


Join Meals from the Heartland for Spring Break 2016!

spring break 2016

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


Join The Fight!

join the fight, meals from the heartland, fight hunger

Meals from the Heartland is in a battle with hunger and we need YOU to join the fight! Not sure where to start or what you can do to help? Following are some fun events coming up plus some ways that YOU can fight hunger. JOIN US FOR SPRING BREAK! Every day has multiple packaging sessions to choose from and every day has different fun theme! Wear your Superman cape, crazy socks or Hawaiian leis and bring your friends – we need YOUR HELP to reach our goal of ONE MILLION MEALS packaged! Visit our Calendar and select one of our


You Can Still Make a 2015 Donation!

end of year charitable donations

As 2015 draws to a close, we at Meals from the Heartland can’t thank our supporters enough for all they have done and accomplished! The need for our life-saving meals continues to grow in our own communities as well as around the world, making your generosity vital to so many. If you haven’t already, there is still time to make a 2015 donation! We couldn’t do what we do without the time and effort of the individuals and groups who come and package our products, but your continued financial support is also critical in providing our life-saving meals. The food


We Love Hearing From Our Volunteers!

meals from the heartland feed the hungry volunteer

We have many different volunteer groups come through our doors – schools, churches, community groups, businesses. But it’s always the families and kids who come to lend a hand and who are moved by the experience who really touch our hearts! Recently, we received a letter from a volunteer named Delaney. This sweet letter included a beautiful picture of Delaney as well as a $25 donation from her in honor of her First Communion. The letter reads: Dear Meals for the Heartland, I had my first communion a little while ago, My Grandpa and Grandma’s gift to me was that I


Help Support Our Friend With These Ingredients

sign up for packaging events, donate supplies

If you’re already scheduled to package, we’d like you to help us support one of our local friends. MAKE IT THE SEASON FOR GIVING! We are overwhelmed at the amazing response to our call for volunteers for our Christmas packaging event! All of the shifts filled up in no time at all as soon as the call went out. We may be adding more shifts – please keep checking back! Meals from the Heartland is so grateful and humbled by this outpouring of support! BUT WE COULD STILL USE YOUR HELP The Des Moines Area Religious Council is in need


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

#GivingTuesday in Des moines Iowa meals from the heartland

#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,


Do you know about #GivingTuesday?

givingtuesday opportunity to give back after thanksgiving

#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 is


Parishioners Package 88,000 Meals!

st francis of assisi church and school meals packaging event

Thank you to the generous parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church who hosted a packaging event on November 21. Students and families all came together and packaged an impressive total of nearly 88,000 nutritious meals to be distributed to those living in hunger in locations all around the world. Thank you for donating your time and sharing our mission! “Many hands make light work.” –John Heywood

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