Perry Lutheran Home will serve as the host organization for a “Meals from the Heartland” event. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Main Campus located at 2323 Willis Ave, Perry, Iowa.

Volunteers are needed to help package meals that will feed undernourished people across the United States and in third world countries. Engaging dementia simulations and “Music & Memory” demonstrations will also be available for interested persons.

“Hosting this event gives us an opportunity to open our doors and invite others to live out our mission of ‘Serving Christ through Serving Others’”, says Max Phillips, Chief Executive Officer.

Perry Lutheran Home, with the help of approximately 260 volunteers, has set a goal to package 22,000 meals. Forty volunteers are needed each hour for seven shifts throughout the day. Accommodations can be made for any volunteer needing to sit during their shift.

In addition to needing volunteers to package meals, Perry Lutheran Home welcomes any monetary donations to help cover the $4,500 cost of the food for the meals. Perry Lutheran Home will also be offering Dementia simulations. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, in 2017, approximately 5.5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s dementia.

Perry Lutheran Home has been recognized by LeadingAge Iowa for their innovation and excellence in memory care initiatives every year since 2014.

“As leaders in the field of memory care, it is our role to help educate family, friends, and members of the community to better understand what many people are going through on a daily basis that struggle with dementia”, says Phillips.

“Music & Memory” demonstrations will also be available to showcase this innovative, personalized, and unique approach to memory care. Perry Lutheran Home is one of the few certified “Music & Memory” providers in the entire state of Iowa. As a internationally recognized organization, the “Music & Memory” certification ensures families that their loved ones have access to transformative, therapeutic benefits of personalized music and marks the organization’s commitment to person-centered care. Donations of new or gently used iPod shuffles and iTunes gift cards for this program are greatly needed and appreciated and can be dropped off at any time.

Sign up today to volunteer to package meals or to make a monetary donation for this amazing event! Please contact Quinn Adair at the Perry Lutheran Home today: 515-465-5342 or