Restated by-laws to bring organization into alignment with Iowa Principles and Practices of Charitable Non-Profit Excellence. Also, established as the largest networked food pantry system in Iowa.
Launches the Move the Food initiative to engage the whole community in building a systematic community model to end hunger and improve health in Polk County. Changed the content of Food Pantry Network boxes to healthy food/fresh fruits and vegetables. Food Pantry Network client base grew by 60% in response to economic recession.
Receives into membership the first Muslim congregation, Muslim Community Organization.
Organized community-wide events to respond to anti-Semitism and terrorism.
Established the Red Barrel program in most Des Moines area food stores.
Receives into membership the first Jewish congregation, Tifereth Israel Synagogue.
Co-sponsored with the Information and Referral Services of the United Way of Central Iowa, discussions on forming a hospice organization. Led to HCI Care Services (formerly Hospice of Central Iowa).