A team of nine Conference Center staff members spent a morning volunteering at Meals From the Heartland and packaged 4,104 meals on Jan. 29.
"Our mission is to empower people to save the starving, so it's those people who come in and give up their time to package meals, just like you did today that make this organization go," said Susan Bunz, Executive Director of Meals From the Heartland. "Last year we engaged over 75,000 volunteers, we would never be able to do what we do without the people who come in every day."
Those packaged meals will be picked up and be shipped out around the world. They go to places like Ghana, Haiti, South Africa, and also benefit food pantries right here in Iowa.
"I believe the statistic currently is that one in five or six children in Iowa don't know where their next meal is coming from, so local demand is high as well as internationally," said Bunz.
To get involved with Meals From the Heartland, visit www.mealsfromtheheartland.org to find ways to volunteer and give.