SA staff prepares Meals from the Heartland

As part of our series on SA giving back to the community, we’re highlighting a project that a number of SA employees participated in. Last month, 17 people volunteered for Meals from the Heartland, an effort that started right here in Central Iowa with a mission of “empowering people to save the starving.” The events bring together volunteers for a community-wide packaging event.

Meals from the Heartland packages meals to deliver to people all around the world, including Central Iowa. Since 2008, the group has distributed more than 38 million meals since 2008. In Iowa alone there are nearly 360,000 people living at or below the poverty line with one in five Iowa children not having enough to eat. Worldwide there are one billion people living in chronic hunger.

You can read a first-hand experience of SA’s Jill Johnson who had the opportunity to actually deliver food from Meals from the Heartland to those in need in South Africa.

This is the second time SA has participated in the event. In just two hours, the group packaged over 1,000 meals with each meal providing six servings that include rice, soy protein, dried vegetables, vitamins and minerals.

For more information on Meals from the Heartland, visit