Changes Coming to Annual Hunger Fight

In previous years, thousands of volunteers worked in Hy-Vee Hall to package food for the Annual Hunger Fight. This year, the event will look a little different, but you can still participate. Photo: Meals from the Heartland.

Every year, Meals from the Heartland organizes the Annual Hunger Fight, where thousands of volunteers gather to package food for food-insecure communities. Not only has COVID-19 hampered the ability to congregate in large groups, but it has also increased the number of food-insecure Iowans, making the nonprofit organization’s mission even more critical.

That’s why Meals from the Heartland is continuing its event, but in a safe way, and is seeking 2,500 volunteers to package food between Aug. 24 and Sept. 12 at the Patty Cownie Packaging Center in West Des Moines.

“We won’t be able to gather at Hy-Vee Hall this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but we simply cannot stop fighting to save the starving,” Executive Director Greg DeHaai said. “So we’ve re-engineered our 13th Annual Hunger Fight, to package meals in a safe, socially distanced manner, and we know Iowans will step up as they always do to make a difference in the lives of those who don’t have enough to eat.”

Many two-hour shifts will be available. Sign up individually or with your business, church or civic group. Masks and gloves are required, and the number of packagers at each table will be limited. Increased cleaning and sanitizing will also be implemented. Registration is available here.

Iowa Stops Hunger is a yearlong Business Publications Corp. initiative to bring awareness and action to food insecurity in Iowa.

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