Women's Correctional Institution Hosts Meals from the Heartland

Meals from the Heartland partnered with the Iowa Correctional Institution For Women on Tuesday to produce over 40,000 meals.  Of those meals, 90% will be distributed to orphanages and school lunch programs in Haiti, South Africa, Uganda, Nigeria, the Philippines and other impoverished nations.

The remaining 10% will be distributed across the state of Iowa, being supplied to food accessibility programs in lower income areas.

As impressive as their 40,000 packaged meals is, it is only a fraction of the total amount of 120,000 packaged meals thus far for 2019, with a designated goal of 25 million at the year’s end.

Michael Franz, who has been on the Meals from the Heartland staff for 6 years, praised the collaboration between the nonprofit and the Women’s Prison.  “It’s a good way for them to give back to the community,” he said of the female inmate population that volunteered to help package meals.  He also spoke to the partnership as a good way to teach the inmates collaboration, patience, and valuable workplace characteristics that they can take with them upon release.

Good job, ICIW!

Article by W. O'Loughlin, DOC Communications Intern

Printed from the Iowa Department of Corrections website on February 25, 2021 at 10:42pm.