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KofC Food For Families Initiative

The need for food to feed hungry families is ongoing. To help meet his need, hold a Knights of Columbus Food for Families program to obtain food for local soup kitchens or food pantries.

In order to encourage increased outreach to food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens, the Knights of Columbus will continue to offer financial rebates to Councils that donate food or money. The Supreme Council will again refund $100 for every $500 or 500 pounds of food donated. The maximum refund will be $500 per Council per fraternal year. Indicated contributions of food and/or money should be cumulative for the fraternal year. There is no need to send in a refund request every time a contribution is made, nor does every contribution have to be for at least $500 or 500 pounds of food.

During the 2012-2013 fraternal year, 29 Councils and Assemblies participated (and reported) donating $28,834 and 41,449 pounds of food for families in need. Individual Knights also donated more than 3873 hours of their time in the food drives.

Continue to report Food for Families outreach using the Food for Families report form, found at Also, you must submit documentation that acknowledges receipt of the food by the personnel of the organization that is receiving the donation(s). Councils should report all financial and food donations made in a fraternal year by June 30. Please do not convert your pounds to dollars on the form. For example, if you donated 500 pounds of food, please do not put its dollar equivalent. Questions regarding this program can be made to Jason Porrello (203-752-4571 or or Quianna Richardson (203-752-4402 or

State Secretary's Catholic Charities Juice Challenge

Given that Catholic Charities - Diocese of Des Moines’ Saint Joseph Emergency Family Shelter no longer receives 100% juice from the commodities they are allotted, State Secretary Dan Werner is challenging Councils and Assemblies in the Diocese of Des Moines to seek donations of juice to make the shelter's limited budget spread further.

The juice and dollars collected benefit the only emergency shelter in Polk County where the entire family unit can stay together. It provides a safe, clean housing for homeless families for a limited stay.

To learn more on the shelter and to make arrangements to deliver donations, please visit

Mary's Meals

Mary’s Meals is a global movement that sets up school feeding projects in some of the world’s poorest communities, where hunger and poverty prevent children from gaining an education. It provides one daily meal in a place of learning to attract chronically poor children into a a classroom where they receive an education that can, in the future, be their ladder out of poverty.

Mary’s Meals began by feeding 200 children in Malawi in 2002. Thanks to supporters, they are feeding 792,621 children every school day.

All Iowa Knights of Columbus are encouraged to either individually and/or through their Council and/or Assembly to support this worthwhile cause. 

For more information, please visit

Mary's Meals founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, center, visits with Iowa Knights of Columbus leaders during the Iowa Hunger Summit, part of the The World Food Prize events held October 2013.

Meals from the Heartland

Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon. ~ Isaiah 58:10 ~

The inspiration for the Meals from the Heartland effort began with a 2007 food packaging event held during Lent by a church in West Des Moines, Iowa. The success of that event encouraged leaders to organize a community-wide food packaging event that would involve more volunteers to feed hungry children and families. It was that leap of faith that brought Meals from the Heartland to Des Moines in 2008, resulting in 12,000 volunteers who packaged more than 4 million meals in a week’s time at our first Annual Hunger Fight.

The success of that first event led to the development of a year-round meal packaging effort. Thousands of volunteers now come together each year during our fall Annual Hunger Fight, and also during Mobile Hunger Fights held throughout the year.

For more information, please visit


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