In January 2005, 35 people representing a number of different faith groups gathered in Boise for a meeting called by Zelinda Welch, regional coordinator of Bread for the World. At the time, Idaho was the eighth hungriest state in the U.S. We were inspired by a video featuring the Oregon Faith Roundtable Against Hunger, which resulted in the formation of the Idaho Interfaith Roundtable Against Hunger (IIRAH).
Since then, IIRAH has grown to include dozens of endorsing organizations, including Christian, Muslim, and Jewish congregations throughout the state as well as other organizations that share our vision.
IIRAH is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Board of Conveners
Gayle Woods, Chair
Oregon-Idaho Conference of the United Methodist Church
Carl Van Slyke
Wright Community Congregational United Church of Christ
Peter Lichtenstein, Treasurer
Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel
Sr. Carol Ann Wassmuth
Monastery of St. Gertrude
Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force
Islamic Center of Boise
Hillview United Methodist Church
Holy Apostles Catholic Church
Conveners are elected by IIRAH’s endorsing organizations to serve two-year terms. Their responsibilities include attending regular meetings, organizing strategic advocacy efforts, planning semi-annual public gatherings, and engaging community members in anti-hunger work. Please contact us if you are interested in joining the board.