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Meals from the Heartland

Empowering people to save starving children.

West Des Moines, IA   |  https://mealsfromtheheartland.org/

Mission

Empowering people to save starving children.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Greg DeHaai

Main address

357 Lincoln Street

West Des Moines, IA 50265 USA

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EIN

26-3443290

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to recent studies, 1 in 8 Iowans struggle with hunger, 1 in 7 Iowa children don\u2019t have enough to eat, and nearly 325,000 Iowans live at or below poverty level. Across the United States, 15.3 million children live in food-insecure households, and 20% or more of the child population in 37 states live in food-insecure households. Around the world, the numbers are even more staggering with 1 in 4 people in sub-Saharan regions of Africa reported as undernourished and 100 million children in developing countries considered underweight. To respond to this and to respond to the food and basic needs that result when natural disasters hit, Meals from the Heartland empowers people to save starving children by organizing and hosting community meal packaging events. In 2022 we packaged our 200 millionth meal since our inception and we ae poised to continue to package millions of meals each year to help feed the hungry.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Children's Feeding Initiative

Together with our meals distribution partner, we support numerous feeding initiatives all around the world. Oftentimes the Meals from the Heartland meal a child eats is their only meal of the day and is provided through the feeding initiative. This daily meal is a starting point and our hope is that these children grow up to be leaders in their own communities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

In uncertain times following a natural disaster Meals from the Heartland works to provide nutritious food to those in need. Working with our meals distribution partner we look to provide relief at the earliest possible time.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Points of Light Certified Service Enterprise 2021

Charity Navigator 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children reached with a meal each school day

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In support of our meal distribution partner's children's global feeding initiatives.

Number of containers of aid shipped

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Children's Feeding Initiative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Equates to the number of cargo containers of meals that we distribute throughout the world.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our 2022 vision to alleviate life-threatening hunger is three pronged: 1) to educate others about global hunger and everyone's role in this issue, 2) to engage the community to be part of the solution, and 3) to ultimately feed those in need. As we embark upon our second decade of operation, we remain poised to execute our vision with the faithful support of our volunteers and donors.

We offer a variety of meal packaging options designed to engage communities of all kinds and of all ages. First and foremost we offer packaging events at our West Des Moines packaging center that are available to interested parties on a first come, first serve basis. We host these events five days each week. These open events are funded by general donations and grants. In addition, we host private packaging events at our packaging center as well as at locations around the Midwest. Private events are funded by the requesting organization. Private events are great ways to engage schools, churches, businesses, civic organizations, and community event organizers. Lastly, we host an Annual Hunger Fight each year that draws in nearly 10,000 volunteers and in four days in 2022 we packaged 3.4 million meals. This is a tremendous way to bring the community together and make a big impact in a short amount of time. We welcome opportunities to engage as many volunteers as we can to feed more and more hungry people in Iowa and all around the world.

We have a dedicated staff who are passionate about our mission and vision. Our engaged Board demonstrates support in a myriad of ways and we have a volunteer base that is second to none! Our packaging center and warehouse are both paid for (as part of our initial capital campaign), which allows us to allocate more towards program expenses. Our mobile hunger fight model is very efficient, effective, and honed over the past decade. Our hunger fight managers are fantastic ambassadors for our organization and work diligently to keep organizations engaged in our vision year over year. We have a tremendous meals distribution partner in Convoy of Hope and their passion and excellence, and core competence as a relief organization, permeates our organization as well. In addition, we have some long-standing, strategic partners that have fully bought into our mission and vision and their ongoing support establishes a firm foundation for the foreseeable future.

In raw numbers, we have packaged over 200million meals since our inception in 2008 and engaged over 500,000 volunteers. Until such time that hunger is completely eradicated, we will set our sights on packaging as many meals as we possibly can given the community support that comes along side us.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Meals from the Heartland

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jerry Armstrong

Retired

Term: 2008 -

Dan Koestner

Ernst & Young

Rebecca Young

Wells Fargo

R. Dreher

Valley Disaster Relief

Jeff Austin

Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Jesse Bunney

Lawmark Capital, Inc

Steve Carlson

Wells Fargo

Tracy Schmidt

NCMIC/Professional Solutions

Amanda Rinehart

Corteva Agriscience

Doug Shelton

FBL Financial Group

Dave Bradley

Retired

Susan Bunz

Stellar Industries

John Ferin

Retired, LCS

Jeff Austin

Berkshire Hathaway Energy

Heather Campbell

MercyOne

Bill Lowe

Sammons Institutional Group

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/6/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data