Community Services Volunteers at Meals from the Heartland
DCCS at Meals from the Heartland
Front Row: Jenny Erdman, Darci Alt, Amy Wilson, Pam Danielson
Back Row: Brandon Tews, Nathan Bacon, Mark Nickum, Hannah Hawkins, Lisa Kempf
Did You Know?
...Every 5 seconds, a child dies of starvation or malnutrition?
Meals from the Heartland is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization founded in 2008. Since it's beginning, it has involved more than 40,000 volunteers who have packaged more than 11 million meals shipped to children around the world.
For the second year in a row, employees of Dallas County Community Services volunteered at Meals from the Heartland on September 2nd. 9 employees helped bag 'meals', which contain rice, textured soy, dried vegetables and vitamins. When cooked in boiling water, the rice expands, the soy adds protein and the dried vegetables and vitamins provide additional micronutrients that are needed. Each package will feed a family of 6.
Once packaged, meals are shipped around the globe to the world’s most starving countries. Millions of meals have been shipped Haiti, Jamaica, South Africa, Nigeria, Mexico, and Israel. Support has also been provided to New Mexico and to homeless shelters in Iowa.
Last year, Iowans from all walks of life came together to do what they could to alleviate the devastating impact of world hunger. Working in teams of eight to ten, in two-hour shifts, during the week-long event in September, 12,000 volunteers packaged more than 4,000,000 meals to be delivered to starving people around the world. Individuals, businesses, schools, churches, and various civic organizations rallied behind the effort and showed the nation and the world what Iowans who truly care can accomplish.