IHC continues to focus on expanding our coalition’s membership. Current organizational members are listed below. Individual members are not listed. Learn more about becoming a member of the Iowa Hunger Coalition.
- Common Good Iowa
- Coralville Community Food Pantry
- Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC)
- Eat Greater Des Moines
- Food Rescue Partnership
- FoodCorps Iowa
- Iowa Healthiest State Initiative
- Iowa Waste Reduction Center
- Johnston Partnership for a Healthy Community
- North Liberty Community Pantry
- Story County Hunger Collaboration
- Sustainable Iowa Land Trust
- Table to Table
Coralville Community Food Pantry
The Coralville Community Food Pantry works to ensure that all of its neighbors have access to the food they need and deserve. The food pantry distributes nutritious groceries on a weekly basis, provides home grocery deliveries to improve access for homebound individuals, supports families with children when school is not in session, fosters social connections through free and culturally diverse community meals, equips community members with the tools to grow their own food, and connects those facing diet-related health conditions to fresh, locally grown produce. More information can be found at www.coralvillefoodpantry.org.
Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC)
The DMARC Food Pantry Network consists of 14 partner pantry sites, 30+ mobile food pantry locations, two food warehouses, and numerous community partners. The DMARC Food Pantry Network is committed to providing healthy food options and fresh produce to the people they assist. Last year, DMARC assisted over 57,000 unique individuals living with food insecurity in Greater Des Moines.
Food Rescue Partnership
More information can be found at www.foodrescueqc.org.
Iowa Healthiest State Initiative
Iowa Healthiest State Initiative is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization driven by the goal to ensure every Iowan can live their healthiest life. By engaging worksites, communities, schools, retail food, organizations, institutions and individuals, we work to create awareness and integrate solutions to improve the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of Iowans. Statewide initiatives include Double Up Food Bucks, Produce Rx, 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! and Make It OK.
Iowa Waste Reduction Center (IWRC)
The IWRC is a nationally recognized organization at the University of Northern Iowa devoted to environmental consulting, assistance, training and education for entities with environmental impact or need.
Johnston Partnership for a Healthier Community
At the Johnston Partnership, we strive to serve our neighbors in need. We started over 25 years ago with a group of school nurses within the Johnston Community School District who wanted to help students struggling to get enough to eat. These nurses saw a need and they came together to address it.
Today, the Johnston Partnership continues to serve families and individuals in Johnston and the greater Des Moines community with basic needs. We do through our DMARC food pantry/clothing closet, weekend food support for students in the JCSD, a school-based mentoring program, and other seasonal programming. The Partnership also serves as a catalyst for uniting local organizations and individuals to provide services that are not currently available through other resources.
North Liberty Community Pantry
The North Liberty Community Pantry exists to engage our community in feeding and clothing our neighbors. NLCP has served Northern Johnson County for over 35 years, providing weekly grocery shopping, toiletries and other essential items to help meet the needs of resource-limited individuals and families. The community pantry also offers grocery delivery, special clothing distributions throughout the year, and options for fresh produce through local farm partnerships. We believe everyone has the right to be free from hunger and deserves access to the tools and knowledge to use nutritious foods. The pantry’s Growing Together Garden also provides fresh food options as well as a learning space for community members. More information can be found at northlibertycommunitypantry.org.
Story County Hunger Collaboration
The Story County Hunger Collaboration – which seeks to eliminate hunger in our county – was founded in 2012. Today, it brings together a diverse group of non-profits and other organizations throughout Story County. Among these are representatives from the 22+ county pantries, A-Mid-Iowa-Organizing-Strategy (AMOS), Food Bank of Iowa, Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance, Iowa State University Extension, Iowa State University Food Insecurity Taskforce / The S.H.O.P., Mary Greeley Medical Center, MGMC Foundation, Mustard Seed Farm, Primary Health Care Inc., Story County Board of Supervisors, United Way of Story County, and school district personnel from throughout Story County. The Collaboration is dedicated to identifying the root causes of hunger, addressing immediate food needs with an emphasis on providing quality food, raising awareness, and advocating for solutions to food insecurity.
Meeting Schedule: We meet on the third Thursday of every month, 3 – 4 pm, currently via Zoom.
Sustainable Iowa Land Trust
The Sustainable Iowa Land Trust is a statewide nonprofit that permanently protects Iowa land for sustainable table food production. In its first 5 years, it has protected more than 1,000 acres across 13 farms in every region of the state. In 2021 it is launching its Circle Our Cities campaign, a 10-year, 10-city initiative to ground local food systems in permanent local farms. Visit silt.org for more information.
Table to Table
Johnson County nonprofit Table to Table (T2T) bridges the gap between abundance and hunger by redistributing surplus food that would otherwise go uneaten, reaching people through partnerships to create a more just and less wasteful food system. Through recovering millions of pounds of food from more than 100 local donors from across the food system and distributing it to 45+ nonprofit social service agencies at no cost to them, T2T helps feed thousands of Johnson County neighbors annually. T2T avoids warehousing food and uses a route-based model to match donations with recipient agencies’ services. T2T has rescued 30+ million pounds of food since 1996. Learn more at table2table.org.