Meals From the Heartland: Another Aspect of Simpson “Success” is Serving Others

Success at Simpson College comes in many different forms, but one of the most important is our commitment to serving others.

Another example of that will occur on Jan. 21, 2014, when the Simpson community will package meals on campus and raise money for Meals from the Heartland.

“Simpson College has always been an institution and a community committed to service,” said Jorie Landers, service coordinator. “By bringing Meals from the Heartland to campus we are only continuing that commitment and embracing it even further.”

Since its inception in 2008, Meals from the Heartland volunteers have packaged more than 38 million meals. The Des Moines-based, non-profit organization’s mission is to help feed starving and food-deprived people in Central Iowa, the United States and the world.

Simpson will host a Meals from the Heartland Mobile Hunger Fight to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event will take place in Great Hall, and teams will work in hour-long shifts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The First United Methodist Church in Indianola has also been invited to send teams.

“Through participation in Meals from the Heartland our students, staff, and faculty can engage in ending world hunger right from our very own campus!” Landers said. “We are planning the event in conjunction with MLK Day to honor the legacy of social justice and civic engagement left by and exemplified by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”

Teams of Simpson College representatives – including, students, staff, faculty and administrators – are being organized to package the meals. They also hope to raise money for the organization.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Landers at 515-961-1716 or Donations are tax-deductible, and checks should be made out to Meals from the Heartland. Donations can be sent to:

Jorie Landers

701 N. C Street

Indianola, Ia. 50125




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