Feeding Hungry Children for Generations to Come

There is an old adage, some say proverb, that goes, “The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”  The same can be said for a planned gift, a gift designated to bear fruit in the years to come. And while a tree requires nurturing and care, so too does the decision to make a planned gift. So, thank you in advance for considering a gift that will provide meals for hungry children in the years ahead.

What exactly is a planned gift? For our purposes, a planned gift is a gift that a donor arranges in the present and is allocated at a future date. The planned gift is part of the donor’s overall financial and/or estate planning — the most common being a gift through a will. 


“My wife and I were fortunate to have served their meals in South Africa through Blessman International in 2013.  Having long lines of children waiting to be served a meal because there was NO food in their homes, was LIFE changing.  Later I was fortunate to have a tour of Convoy of Hope, our partner in Missouri who distributes the meals. This completed the full circle and cemented my idea of the need for these meals to always go forward.  As we firmly believe in ALL the Core Values, Vision, and Mission of Meals from the Heartland, and since it is a Christian nonprofit organization, we have included them in our wills.” – anonymous


If you are ready to make a gift now, in the form of a gift in your will or a beneficiary designation, please follow the simple steps outlined below. Once complete, your legacy of feeding hungry children and people all around the world will continue.

To ensure your planned gift is used and recognized in accordance with your wishes, you are invited to complete our Planned Giving Form.

Gift in Your Will

To include Meals from the Heartland in your will, contact your lawyer and request the addition of gift language.

An example of a simple, unrestricted gift might read, “I give, devise and bequeath to Meals from the Heartland (a) the sum of $_____ or (b) _____% of my estate to be used for the benefit of Meals from the Heartland as it may determine.”

Beneficiary Designation

In three easy steps, you can make this gift a reality.

  1. Contact your insurance company, bank or financial institution for a change of beneficiary form.
  2. Decide what percentage (1-100) you would like to donate and indicate that percentage and our legal name on the form.
  3. Return the completed form as indicated.

Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs)

For individuals who are are 70.5 years old or older you can transfer up to $100,000 from your individual retirement account without being subject to federal income taxes on that distribution? At present, this law no longer has an expiration date, so you are free to make annual gifts to Meals from the Heartland this year and in years to come. Your gift may also qualify for the Endow Iowa Tax Credit, a 25% state tax credit, if you give to our Endow Iowa fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines. If this gift opportunity is right for you, we’d welcome your consideration. Learn more about IRAs.

Other Ways to Contribute To Our Future Growth

Gift of Grain

For donors who actively engage in farming on a cash basis, significant tax savings may be achieved by donating grain directly to Meals from the Heartland rather than selling the grain and donating cash.

A farmer can direct a portion of his/her harvest (i.e., a truck load of grain or the yield from an acre of land), to us through a local grain elevator. The crop donation is then sold and converted to cash that is used to buy ingredients to package meals.

Learn how the Endorf family did just this!

Download a Gifts of Grain Form.

Appreciated Stocks and Securities Transfer

Consider the tax benefits of donating appreciated stocks and securities when considering your next gift to Meals from the Heartland. Download an Electronic Transfer of Securities and Stock Form here.

Learn more about Planned Giving. Download a printable Planned Giving Info Sheet.

For more information or to discuss options, contact us.

Legal Name: Meals from the Heartland
Address: 357 Lincoln Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265
Federal Tax ID Number: 26-3443290

The information on this website is not intended as legal or tax advice. For such advice, please consult an attorney or tax advisor. Any figures cited in examples are for hypothetical purposes only and are subject to change.