Meals From the Heartland


We need your help packaging life-saving meals for the hungry in Iowa, across the nation and around the world at the Meals From the Heartland packaging center in West Des Moines. Most people package over 400 meals during their two-hour shift, so you are making a huge difference in the lives of lots of children. We have a variety of shifts available Tuesday through Saturday each week. Individuals (ages 8-105), small teams and large groups are all welcome! Bring your friends, teams, coworkers and family. People work as a team to scoop dry food ingredients into bags, weigh and seal them and put them in boxes.

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Food Bank of Iowa


Volunteer at our Warehouse

Food sorting

We receive donations of food items that need labeled, counted, and boxed. We need volunteer help to make this possible and opportunities are scheduled in advance before we know what the food items may be when they arrive. Help us accept more food! Here are some examples:

  • Packing BackPack sacks
  • Checking dates and food safety of food drive items
  • Bagging bulk produce

Age Requirement:  For safety reasons, all volunteers in the warehouse must be 10 or older. and children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

Volunteer Remotely

DIY T-Shirt Tote Bags

As Food Bank of Iowa mobilizes to meet the increased need for food, we are in need of bags to support the mobile pantries and school distributions that have adapted via drive-thru models. Food Bank of Iowa is in need of bags and YOU can help. Click HERE to read more about how to to create a t-shirt tote bag and donate it to Food Bank of Iowa.

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Clive Community Services Food Pantry


Clive Community Services is seeking high school volunteers for Food Pantry shifts. Volunteers will assist one client at a time as they shop for food and personal care products (volunteers and clients will be required to wear a mask). We welcome students as young as 14.

We ask you to arrive 15 minutes before your first shift and 5-10 minutes before each subsequent shift. We also ask that you be prepared to stay about 10-15 minutes after pantry closes to help with cleanup.
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Food Rescue


Food rescue is the process of gathering donated, excess food that would otherwise be thrown away from food service providers and giving it to hungry people.

Eat Greater Des Moines rescues food as a core part of our services. We act as a bridge between those with extra food and those in need.

When a company has a pallet of oranges in need of a home, or dozens of pre-packaged day-old sandwiches that would otherwise be thrown away, we send drivers to pick it up.

It’s then transported to local organizations to distribute, such as libraries, homeless shelters, youth programs, and schools.

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