Meals from the Heartland, a massive Iowa volunteer effort to package millions of meals for the food insecure, announced the opening of online registration Aug. 1.
The Meals from the Heartland 2013 Annual Hunger Fight will take place Aug. 28-31 at Hy-Vee Hall in downtown Des Moines. Volunteer shifts are available daily and registration is now available at mealsfromtheheartland.org.
Throughout the Annual Hunger Fight, thousands of volunteers will fill Hy-Vee Hall for two-hour shifts in teams of approximately ten members, scooping and pouring rice, soy protein, dried vegetables and vitamins into bags that are then sealed and boxed for shipment to meal distribution sites around the world. Volunteers are needed to package meals and for various other event positions as well.
"This is our sixth year of this amazing Iowa effort to decrease debilitating hunger here in Iowa and worldwide," said Dave Bradley, Meals from the Heartland executive director. "Hungry people literally would not receive these meals without the efforts of every single donor and volunteer who contributes to the event."
Last year, sponsorships and donations allowed for 5.1 million meals to be packaged by more than 15,000 volunteers at the Annual Hunger Fight. More than 7 million meals were packaged throughout all of 2012. Bradley said this year's event goal is 5 million meals, and 9 million total meals for 2013.
"We are still seeking sponsors and donations," Bradley said, "and now that online registration is open, we're encouraging everyone to choose shifts either on their own or or with friends, family and social or church groups to make an impact on local and world hunger."
Annual Hunger Fight Events:
Thursday - 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Iowa State Fair Packaging
Aug. 28 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Annual Hunger Fight; 5 to 8:30 p.m. at DuPont Pioneer Student Challenge
Aug. 29 - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Annual Hunger Fight
Aug. 30 - 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Annual Hunger Fight
Aug. 31 - 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Annual Hunger Fight
To find out more about Meals from the Heartland, register for shifts or donate, visit www.mealsfromtheheartland.org.