The culmination of Share the Harvest is the actual packing and shipping of the meals. This happens on one single weekend in April as we package, box, and ship meals to our partner, Meals from the Heartland, for distribution to those in need, both in our community and around the world.

  • Dates: April 28 & 29, 2017
  • Location: St. Marks Lutheran Church, 8300 C Ave NE, Marion, IA
  • 2017 Goal: More than 1,200 volunteers and 500,000 meals packed.
  • Who can volunteer: Individuals and groups. Businesses, schools, churches, community organizations or neighborhoods often have groups sign up together. When signing up a group of people, please list the names of everyone participating. This is a requirement for insurance purposes. The group leader is the only one who receives a confirmation/reminder and is responsible for sharing information with group members.
  • Training: provided during your shift.



What can you volunteer to do?


  • Packer: Want to volunteer with friends and change lives around the world? Be a Packer! Fill meal bags with raw ingredients, weigh, seal and stack them in boxes. Packers work in teams of 7-10 for a 2-hour shift. Minimum age for a packer is 5-6 years. Adult supervisors must be on teams that include children.


  • Registration: Like to help people feel comfortable in a new role? Be a Registration volunteer. Assist with check-in, prepare packers for their shift; assemble boxes during “down time.”
  • Greeter: Want to meet new people and help spread our mission? Be an Event Greeter! Welcome visitors: answer questions; assemble boxes during “down time.”
  • Pack Masters: Want a leading role? Be a Pack Master (previous packer experience required). Train, organize and supervise packers/stations to get volunteer teams started; alert Bucket Brigade when supplies needed.
  • Bucket Brigade: Looking for a workout? Bucket Brigade will keep you on your toes! Refill ingredient bins, restock and clean packaging stations; move completed boxes to truck area. NOTE: Must be able to lift 50 lbs.
  • Dock Worker: Like to multitask/have variety in your work? Be a Dock Worker! Includes a variety of possible tasks, such as pallet stacking; shrink wrapping stacks; box making and distribution.


  • Donation support is the driving force behind this meal project! Supplies like rice, soy, vegetables and boxes are funded by donations. Supplies for 500,000 meals requires $100,000. Every volunteer can provide Donation Support. Just $20 provides one meal for 100 people! To offer Donation Support to this nonprofit event, click here.

Invite family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to fight hunger with you! Contact or questions: info@sharetheharvestiowa.org

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