The Des Moines Area Religious Council advocates for policies that will reduce food insecurity in the state of Iowa.

DMARC is a member of the Iowa Hunger Coalition, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization. The Iowa Hunger Coalition is a group of passionate anti-hunger organizations and individuals who work for effective policies and help educate Iowans on the causes, effects, and solutions of food insecurity and hunger in Iowa.

If you would like to learn more about our advocacy efforts or data visualization dashboard, please contact DMARC’s Communications and Advocacy Manager, Luke Elzinga, or (515) 277-6969 x10.

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2020 State Legislative Agenda

  • Protect and enhance the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
  • Sales tax exemption for hunger-fighting organizations
  • Eliminate the sales tax for diapers and period supplies
  • Incentivize local food purchases by schools and organizations
  • Address the Child Care Cliff Effect
  • Streamline food rescue and donation tax credits
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Food Insecurity in My District

The handouts below use data from DMARC’s data visualization dashboard to show food pantry use in each legislative district during DMARC’s fiscal year 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019).

  • Iowa Senate Districts
    Senate District 15

    Senate District 16

    Senate District 17

    Senate District 18

    Senate District 19

    Senate District 20

    Senate District 21

    Senate District 22

  • Iowa House Districts
    House District 30

    House District 31

    House District 32

    House District 33

    House District 34

    House District 35

    House District 36

    House District 37

    House District 38

    House District 39

    House District 40

    House District 41

    House District 42

    House District 43

    House District 44

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Additional Advocacy Resources

July Usage Report

Annual Summary

Where Our Food Comes From