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. Please click here to see a map of IIRAH’s endorsers.

IIRAH is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Board of Conveners

Carl Van Slyke, Chair
Wright Community Congregational United Church of Christ

Teresa Schmalz, Vice-Chair
King of Glory Lutheran Church

Darcy James, Past Chair
Episcopal Diocese of Idaho

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

Gayle Woods
Kuna United Methodist 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