Thank you for joining us at

WesleyLife's Meals on Wheels campus groundbreaking!

Thank you for braving rain, wind, and cold temperatures on October 24 to help us break ground for our new Meals on Wheels campus in the Drake University neighborhood! With your generous support, we'll triple the number of meals we can produce and deliver — plus, we'll help to combat social isolation with robust multigenerational programming, grow produce to add to the nutritional values of our meals, and more.

Thank you again for your generous support!

Read more from the Des Moines Register

Program of Speakers


Richard Sickels,
Former Pastor and Meals on Wheels Driver


Rob Kretzinger,
President and CEO, WesleyLife

Our Gratitude

Sophia S. Ahmad
Vice President of Philanthropy, WesleyLife

The Hon. Christine Hensley
Des Moines City Council Member (retired),
Community Leader, Campaign Tri-Chair

Brad Anderson
State Director, AARP
Campaign Tri-Chair


Community Investment

The Hon. Angela Connolly,
Polk County Supervisor,
Campaign Tri-Chair

The Hon. Kim Reynolds
Governor, State of Iowa

The Hon. Cindy Axne
U.S. Representative, Iowa's 3rd Congressional District

The Hon. Frank Cownie
Mayor, City of Des Moines


A Vision for Our Community

Suzie Glazer Burt
Philanthropist and Community Leader


Thank You and Closing

Shannon Draayer
Director of Health and Well-Being, WesleyLife


Future Meals on Wheels Campus

Our new campus will help power the fight against food insecurity among older adults and military veterans in Central Iowa by tripling meal capacity and offering programming to combat isolation.

The new campus, the former Drake University School of Education at 3206 University Ave. in Des Moines, will include amenities designed to help us serve thousands of food-insecure older adults and military veterans.

The new kitchen will be 65% larger than the existing space with new equipment and a new layout to improve the efficiency and increase production from 1,000 to 3,000 meals per day.

The building's second story will be devoted to programming to build intergenerational connections for young and older adults alike in areas like arts, health and education.

A 3,000-square-foot indoor vertical garden in the lower level will grow fresh produce to enhance the meals' nutritional value year-round.