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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Anti-Hunger Day on the Hill 2020

Tuesday, February 25, 8am-12pm
Iowa State Capitol
Join us Tuesday, February 25, 8:00am-12:00pm at the Iowa State Capitol, as we advocate for policies that would reduce hunger and food insecurity in our state.

DMARC Breakfast Advocacy Training
First, DMARC will be hosting a breakfast advocacy training from 8:15-9:45am at the Iowa State Capitol in Room G19 on the Ground Floor. There, you will learn about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), DMARC’s advocacy agenda for 2020, and information and advice on how to be an effective advocate with your elected officials.

IFBA’s Anti-Hunger Day on the Hill
Then, we will be participating in the Anti-Hunger Day on the Hill hosted by the Iowa Food Bank Association from 10:00am-12:00pm and advocating with our elected officials.

We know that we cannot solve hunger and food insecurity on our own. It will take all of us working together to end food insecurity in Iowa.

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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

December Usage Report


Annual Summary


Where Our Food Comes From