Booster Pak is a volunteer-driven organization each week 100 student, parent and community volunteers are needed to ensure every student in the West Des Moines Community School District has their basic needs met.

We hope one of the positions below fits your skill set and available time. We look forward to working with you soon.

Program Coordinators – Work with parent volunteers and school administrators on the operations of the program. This volunteer may handle communication, scheduling, distribution and delivery of product, reporting, and evaluation of the program. We currently have three program coordinator; Elementary, Junior and Senior High. While each position is a little different, each coordinator volunteers 2-4 hours per week.

Product Drive Coordinator – Work with businesses and faith-based organizations to organize, promote and successfully collect products needed by the program. The goal would be to hold one product drive per month to collect various items. Organize volunteers to help pick up, sort, store and distribute products received. Approximately 20 hours per month.

Food Bank of Iowa Drivers – Need adult drivers with a van, SUV or pickup truck to go to the Food Bank of Iowa (2220 E. 17th Street, Des Moines) 1-2 times per month during the school year to pick up orders and deliver them to the West Des Moines Community Schools Operations Center (2102 Delavan Drive, West Des Moines), Valley High School and Walnut Creek Campus. Approximately 2 hours per trip. Pick up times could be coordinated with volunteer’s availability but would need to be scheduled with the Food Bank of Iowa.

School Drivers – Need adult drivers with a van, SUV or pickup truck to participate in school deliveries. The driver would come to the West Des Moines Community Schools Operations Center (2102 Delavan Drive, West Des Moines), pick up boxes of packs and take them to the school. These deliveries take place on Thursdays at 11 AM, but there are some Mondays. Drivers can volunteer weekly, monthly or serve as a backup.  Approximately 1 hour each week. Drivers must have a valid drivers license and be able to lift 25 lbs several times in a row, bend and push.

Summer Distribution Site Volunteers – This is an excellent opportunity for individuals, small groups or community organizations. Sponsor one of our summer distribution sites by donating an hour of your time each Friday during the summer to hand out food packs to students. Volunteers must be adults and must complete a volunteer application and pass a background check.

Fresh Fruit  – This is an excellent opportunity for small groups, community organizations and businesses that want to participate with Booster Pak on a regular basis.  Once a month, your group or organization would pick a school and purchase and place one or more pieces of fresh fruit in our student’s pak.  The number of paks vary by school but range from 25-150.

Monthly Product Drives – Each month, Booster Pak will be collecting one item. Your group or organization may choose to collect items every month or occasionally. Once you have collected all the items, contact us and we’ll come and get your collection.  Examples of items that might be collected would include; canned chicken, 1 lb bags of rice and dried beans, canned tomatoes, ramen noodles, noodle packets, chunky soups, fruit and pudding cups, peanut butter cups, microwave popcorn, granola bars, shampoo, shower gel and chapstick.


A Note From The President

Here for You



Beginning November 16, 2020, our kids are back to continuous online learning and Booster Pak is here to make sure they come to school ready to learn. Our goal is that no student goes hungry.

Here are the ways we’re helping:

  • Booster Pak will be at the Grab and Go sites at Valley High School, Stilwell and Indian Hills on Fridays from 11 AM  – 1 PM to distribute packs to students registered in our program.
  • Booster Pak will be at the Valley High School Grab and Go site on Fridays from 5 PM  – 6 PM to distribute packs to students registered in our program.
  • Family Paks – If your family is in need of emergency assistance, we can arrange to have a family pak delivered to you or make arrangements for you to pick up additional food from one of the Grab and Go sites.  Contact Us to make arrangements.

Here are some other resources in our community that might be helpful:

If you’d like to help, please click here to DONATE.

We appreciate your support.

Melanie Menken, President