With new packaging procedures in place, Meals from the Heartland is seeking to mobilize 2,500 volunteers for this year’s 13th annual Hunger Fight, sponsored by Hy-Vee, Wells Fargo, Corteva, John Deere and Kreg Tool. The need to feed starving children is even greater now during the COVID-19 crisis, Meals from the Heartland’s executive director Greg DeHaai said. “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,” he said in a release.”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.” With the new socially distanced procedures, the nonprofit has increased its goal from packaging 4 million meals to package 6 million meals over a three-week period. Two-hour shifts can be scheduled from Aug. 24 to Sept. 12; all packaging will be done at the Patty Cownie Packaging Center at 357 Lincoln St. in West Des Moines. To see what to expect during this year’s Annual Hunger Fight, click here. Volunteer registration is available here.

Iowa Stops Hunger is a year long Business Publications Corporation initiative to bring awareness and action to food insecurity in Iowa.