Your Contributions Matter
Your donation of funds, time, or other resources supports IIRAH program activities . . .
Forums and Other Events. IIRAH Forums occur twice a year, in the spring and fall. These community events provide information about pressing public issues relating to hunger in Idaho. Past themes have included wage justice, food deserts, local food systems, grocery tax credits, and Medicaid expansion. An attendee of the fall 2015 Forum shared how the public conversation held very personal meaning.
Legislative Work. IIRAH supports legislative and public policy initiatives to alleviate food insecurity in Idaho. IIRAH leverages the media, publishes position papers, testifies at legislative committee hearings, and partners with other Idaho organizations and non-profits in promoting food security. IIRAH has spoken out on issues such as minimum wage, the sales tax on food, child support, SNAP (food stamps) rules, child nutrition, Close the Gap, and food deserts.
Community Advocacy. IIRAH conveners regularly help plan and organize community activities and educate others about hunger in Idaho. Public education is also done via op-ed pieces, lectures, and presentations. Conveners also participate with public and state government committees and coalitions to address hunger-related issues.
Idaho Hunger Summit Scholarships. The biennial statewide Hunger Summit is held in Boise, Idaho. The Summits allow faith leaders, charitable emergency food providers, state and local government organizations, health providers, advocacy groups, business and industry leaders, and community members to learn about hunger and food insecurity, and craft solutions appropriate to Idaho. IIRAH helps to plan and facilitate workshops at the Summit. In addition, IIRAH sponsors scholarships to encourage Summit participation by low-income individuals and encourage geographic representation. Scholarships are funded through the generous contributions of individuals and organizations.