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).

In the last ten years, IIRAH has grown to include dozens of endorsing organizations, including Christian, Muslim, and Jewish congregations throughout the state. Please click here to see a map of IIRAH’s endorsers.

Board of Conveners

Darcy James, Chair
Episcopal Diocese of Idaho

Carl Van Slyke, Vice-chair
Wright Community Congregational United Church of Christ

Peter Lichtenstein, Treasurer
Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel

Michelle Ward
Hillview United Methodist Church

Sr. Carol Ann Wassmuth
Monastery of St. Gertrude & Tables of Hope

Kathy Gardner
Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force

Marya Bruning
Congregation Ahavath Beth Israel

Carolyne Pietz
King of Glory Lutheran Church

Conveners are elected by IIRAH’s endorsing organizations to serve two-year terms. Their job duties 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.

Bylaws & Strategic Plan


2016 – 2017 Strategic Plan