WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — To honor the memory and legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., Meals from the Heartland hosted an all-day meal packaging event today.
“On a day that means so much to our country and a day that we have off in general. It’s so important to be giving back to your community. You have to do things that are going to help everyone,” said Aimee Rodin, volunteer and senior at Valley High School.
Volunteers all throughout the metro came to help. The goal for the event was to package 100,000 meals.
“If we can get 100,000 (meals) in one day that’s a step in the right direction,” says Rodin.
The event drew over 500 volunteers and many of which were students who had the day off from school.
Rodin said that on a normal day off she would have slept in until around noon but not today. “It’s so amazing to see kids my age and younger, that already know the true spirit of volunteerism and realize how big of a deal it is to give back to the community and to help people and how amazing it feels.”
In addition to the 100,00 meals packaged at the warehouse they packed 40,000 more from a satellite location.
This is the 3rd year they have hosted an event for packing on MLK Day but the first at the new warehouse.
They hope to keep the tradition going into future years.
“Maybe we will come up with a better name but it feel like keeping it simple has worked,” said Shellie Billings, administrative assistant, Meals from the Heartland.