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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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