Big Impact

A meal costs just 25 cents. That means every dollar you give provides four meals — and adds up to a significant impact for feeding hungry children.


Sound Stewardship

For each donated dollar, 90 cents goes directly to meal packing and distribution.



Meals from the Heartland, based in West Des Moines, is local and committed to fighting hunger in Iowa, as well as around the world.

Donate to Feed the Hungry and Save Lives

At the core of Meals from the Heartland’s efforts is this simple truth: Working to combat hunger in Iowa, the nation and around the world saves lives. Our mission is to empower people to save starving children. Your donation funds this life-saving work. You CAN make a difference. Each meal we provide helps break the cycle of hunger for a child and their family, and can be the difference between despair and hope for the future.

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Donate to feed the hungry in Iowa. Last year, we distributed more than 839,000 meals in Iowa.

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Donate to feed the hungry in America. In 2022, we distributed over 1.9 million meals across the United States.

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Donate to feed the hungry around the world. More than 16 million meals were distributed around the globe last year.

Help keep bellies full and smiles on faces.

Fight Hunger in Iowa, the U.S. and Around the World

Meals from the Heartland relies on the generous support of donors — individuals and organizations — to fund the ingredients, packaging materials, meal distribution and infrastructure that are the bulk of our operation. We are careful and responsible stewards of these funds. Since 2008, we have packaged a total of two hundred million meals! We cannot do it without the support of donors like you. The chart to the right illustrates how simple it is to make a considerable impact on the fight against hunger.