Meals from the Heartland

September 13, 2012 —

Meals From the Heartland - DMU Admissions Office

Des Moines University’s employees and students are committed to making the community a better place to live. Faculty, staff and students are actively encouraged to “do a world of good”. On August 30, seven members of the Admissions Office volunteered for a 2-hour shift with Meals from the Heartland during their 2012 packaging event. During that small amount of time, their group managed to package about 750 meals. Here are a few other stats from the annual event:

  • Over 15,000 volunteers packaged meals this year
  • 1,425,600 meals were packaged on Thursday (record for most meals packaged in a single day)
  • A total of 5,122,008 meals were packaged this year
  • The DMU Admissions table packaged .0146% of those meals



With a deep love for her hometown, Nicole Branstad is pro-Des Moines and is constantly touting its many events and attractions. When she isn’t out exploring the city she likes to spend time with her husband Marcus and their son Everett. She enjoys hosting lavish dinner parties, collecting wine and buying fresh flowers at the downtown farmer’s market. Nicole works in the marketing & communications department as the online marketing-enrollment coordinator.