Perry Lutheran Home will once again serve as the host organization for a “Meals from the Heartland” event. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Main Campus located at 2323 Willis Ave, Perry, IA.


Nearly 300 volunteers are needed to help package 30,000 meals that will feed undernourished people in Iowa, across the United States, and in third world countries. Engaging dementia simulations will also be available for interested persons.


“This event gives our residents, tenants, and staff the opportunity to serve alongside community members, service organizations, and businesses as we live out our mission of ‘Serving Christ through Serving Others,’” said Max Phillips, Chief Executive Officer for Perry Lutheran Home.

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 monetary donations to help cover the $6,000 cost of the food for the meals. Food content costs are $0.20 per meal.


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 and by 2050 that number could rise as high as 16 million. Perry Lutheran Home has been recognized by LeadingAge Iowa for numerous innovation and excellence awards in memory care initiatives.


“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. We do this through screenings, simulations, and educational presentations and seminars throughout the year,” said Deb Koelln, Chief Care Officer and Certified Dementia Practitioner and Master Trainer for Perry Lutheran Home.

Perry Lutheran Home residents and tenants at both Main campus and Spring Valley campus lead very active and purposeful lives. Volunteers will have a chance to learn about other mission projects that have global impacts taking place right here in Perry. Those interested in taking a tour of Perry Lutheran Home’s award-winning memory care communities and newly opened Acorns & Oaks intergenerational daycare are also encouraged to stick around after their meal packing shift to do so.


Sign up today to volunteer to package meals or to make a monetary donation for this amazing event.


Please contact Nicole Ayala at the Perry Lutheran Home today: 515-465-5342 or Nicole.Ayala@PerryLutheranHome.org.