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Summer Meal Meet Ups

This summer, in partnership with Johnston Schools, we will serve free, hot lunches to kids who might not have access to nutritional food options throughout the summer. If you have any interest in helping with the program, sign up below or attend one of our training sessions. Each daily shift, Mon-Fri., will last approximately one hour and you can serve as your time allows. This is a great opportunity for our church to be a blessing to our neighborhood. The program begins Jun. 6. Please attend one of the training/information days, Sun., May 19, 10:15 AM, Meredith Drive campus or Sun. June 2, 11:15 AM, The Bridge campus.


 June Volunteer Dates


 July Volunteer Dates


 August Volunteer Dates


At Summer Meal Meet-Ups, anyone 18 and under can get a free, nutritious lunch. We encourage all to hang out and get to know each other in our community. A nutritious summer starts here! We hope to see you this summer! Meredith Drive Reformed Church (Parking lot North of Meredith Drive), 5128 Meredith Drive, Des Moines, Iowa 50310. Monday - Friday, June 6 - August 14 (No lunches Served July 1 - 5), 12:00 - 12:30 PM.


No registration or identification is required. Meals must be consumed on site. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


If you would like to volunteer to help get the word out please email Beth Draheim today and let her know you can help walk door to door placing information on our neighbors doors. WE will meet near the office at the Meredith Drive campus on Sunday, June 2, 10:15 AM. A neighborhood map specificying an area and supplies will be provided. Bring your walking shoes.

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Hoover High and Meredith Middle School

Meredith Drive Reformed Church is blessed to be in such close proximity to schools that impact the neighborhood around the Meredith Drive campus.  Both Hoover High and Meredith Middle are schools that have seen a massive influx of refugee families who are new to the country.  
  • Partner with teachers through our in-class volunteer program
  • Partner with the school to provide meals for teachers, students, or sports teams
  • Help with one-time needs that arise within the communities of these two amazing schools
To get involved, please contact Pastor Josh DeKok,
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We build because we believe that everyone, everywhere, should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. More than building homes, we build communities, we build hope and we build the opportunity for families to help themselves.
Do you enjoy swinging a hammer? Or maybe, you know nothing about building but would like to learn? Perhaps you just like helping other? Whatever your story is, an opportunity to help families right here in the Des Moines area. Volunteer sign ups are available now through Habitat for Humanity. If you or a group are available to provided lunches for our workers please call Marilyn Clauss at (515) 865-4846. Further information or questions can be directed to Rich Piatt at (515) 371-4152 or or Marilyn Clauss at (515) 865-4846 or


This Des Moines inner-city ministry site offers after school and summer programs for K-12th grade students and provides a safe, loving, Christian environment - a place for kids to be kids, have fun, and do homework. Many of the parents of these kids have two or three jobs, and the kids would be at home alone or hangin’ with friends and potentially getting into trouble if not for Freedom For Youth. Since many of these kids also have no means for a meal on their own, Freedom for Youth steps in here as well, and once a month, MDRC provides and serves a dinner meal.  

We are currently lining up volunteers for our next serving opportunity.

Thursday May 9 4:30-5:45 PM, 2301 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50309

Questions? Contact Stephanie Swanson or LuAnn Smith.

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This is an organization made up of volunteers from businesses, schools, churches, community organizations and beyond, who package meals for delivery to malnourished people in Iowa, across the United States, and around the world. Your small group, business, or special event can spend time packaging for MFTH. For specific information about how to get involved, contact MDRC deacon representatives Larry and Marge Madole, or go to the Meals From The Heartland website



In cooperation with many other area churches, MDRC gathers and distributes non-perishable food items to eight area food pantry sites in the Des Moines area. Opportunities to donate as a church body are publicized through the Bulletin and E-news. Contact the church office if you are interested in volunteer as a coordinator of these collections. 

Joshua Christian Academy

Located at 1740 Garfield Ave. in Des Moines, Joshua Christian Academy is covenanting with families and churches of urban Des Moines to provide an excellent, affordable Christian education for children in grades K-8.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Academic and lunch sponsors  
  • Lunchroom volunteers
  • Prayer partners
  • Academic and tutoring support

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For more information, contact Sheryl Van Weelden, 515-468-5674 or 515-321-2403


Power Packs

There are school children just up the street from us, at Jensen Elementary School in Urbandale, whose families are living at poverty level. Through the "Power Packs" program we hope to alleviate some of the hunger that children face on the weekends by providng them with some non-perishable food to take home. In 2018 we packaged weekend lunches each week for 47 children.

Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Donating individual serving sizes of any of the following on a monthly basis: Raisins, cereal bars, Easy Mac, cereal bars, microwave popcorn, cheese & cracker snack, beef sticks. 
  • Shopping for the fresh fruit on a monthly basis.
  • Packaging food into individual bags
  • Delivering food to local elementary schools

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For more information, or to find out about other ways to assist, contact Dennis Long




Meredith Drive Reformed Church is blessed to have many international refugees with us on Sunday mornings at the Meredith Drive campus.  There are many opportunities to serve as they adapt.


  • Assist with their transition into the U.S. in a variety of ways: Obtaining a driver's license, job placement, locating affordable housing and obtaining furnishings, etc.
  • Be part of the Meredith Drive campus "Van Team," provide Sunday morning transportation to and from MDRC worship via the church van 

To get involved with this ministry, contact the church office.




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Last Published: May 28, 2019 12:28 PM