Join us for the 16th Annual Hunger Fight at Hy-Vee Hall, downtown Des Moines (enter at 833 5th Ave., Des Moines)!

Volunteer to Package Meals!

We need volunteers to package 4 MILLION MEALS to feed those in need during this 4-day event. Invite your friends, family, and coworkers, and package lifesaving meals for those who desperately need them.

2-hour packaging shifts, choose your day(s) below:

Individuals, small groups, businesses, organizations, civic groups, church and school groups, and more are all welcome. Please note, if you’re bringing a student group, for safety reasons, you are required to meet the following grade and student-to-adult ratio requirements as we don’t have enough staff to supervise the students:

Grades 5-8 2 students to 1 adult
Grades 9-12 9 students to 1 adult

Together, we’ll continue to feed starving children in Iowa, across the U.S. and around the world.

Support Volunteer Roles

Key support volunteers are vital to the success of this event

Bucket Brigade
You will be refilling rice and soy for packagers. Must be able to lift 30 lbs. repeatedly.

2-hour packaging shifts, choose your day(s) below:


Other Support Roles Needed:

  • Set-up Volunteer (may include: setting up packaging stations, hanging signage and other pre-event preparations as needed) Click here to sign up.
  • Box Maker (assemble meal boxes) Click here to sign up.
  • Event Greeter (welcome and direct volunteers, distribute hairnets, etc.) Click here to sign up.
  • Pack Master* (train, organize and supervise packagers at packaging stations) *pre-event training REQUIRED, August 21 at 1:30 pm OR August 22 at 5:15 pm. Contact Sandy Niland, Volunteer Coordinator, at or (515) 473-9530 to register.


Click here for more event details!

Questions about the Annual Hunger Fight?