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Organizations Fighting Hunger

Polk County Board of Supervisors

111 Court Avenue
Des Moines
IA 50309
Ms. Sarah Boese
Board Executive Assistant
Organization Type
Community Based
Government Agency


The Polk County Board of Supervisors has both legislative and administrative powers and is the policy-making body for Polk County government. With its authority to adopt legislation and policies for department operations, the Board sets priorities, allocates resources and maintains budgetary control.

The Polk County government addresses hunger through the Department of Community, Family & Youth Services, which manages and provides a variety of direct and purchased services for families and individuals in all age groups. Their programs include the General Assistance ProgramChild and Adult Care Food ProgramCommodity Supplemental Food Program, and River Place Food Pantry.

The Board of Supervisors is also directly involved in creating the Partnership for a Hunger Free Polk County, a public-private collaboration to ensure all residents have access to needed food.

How to Help:

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to join the Partnership for a Hunger Free Polk County and contribute to ending hunger in Polk County through the volunteering and donation opportunities on their website.

Iowans can also support the work of the Polk County Department of Community, Family & Youth Services through volunteering, internships, hosting presentations, and through donations. More information is available on the "opportunities" section of their website.

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