Advocacy

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, lelzinga@dmarcunited.org or (515) 277-6969 x10.

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2019 Advocacy Agenda

Federal Government

  • Protect and enhance the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), no punitive changes

State of Iowa

  • Protect and enhance the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), no punitive changes
  • Eliminate the child care “cliff effect”
  • Pursue sales tax exemption for feeding organizations
  • State funding allocations for feeding organizations with incentives to purchase local produce
  • Increase and protect food donations and food rescue by making Iowa code mirror Federal

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Advocacy Resources

January Usage Report


Annual Summary


Where We Get Our Food


How Does DMARC Help?


Pantry Support


Services Provided


Who is Hungry?


Understanding SNAP