Founded in 2011 by Sonia Kendrick, Feed Iowa First began as a summer project to grow and provide fresh vegetables to food banks. The Christian & Missionary Alliance Church in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, was Sonia’s first partner, letting her use 1/2 acre of land to plant her garden.
The response from the Cedar Rapids community and from people who received the fresh produce was amazing—and led Sonia to realize that her model of urban farming could make a significant difference in Iowa’s food system.
By partnering with schools, faith organizations, community agencies and businesses of all sizes, Feed Iowa First finds open spaces to grow fresh produce that’s harvested to supply those in need with nutritious food. Feed Iowa First also helps support beginning farmers through training and investments that ensure the next generation of farmers and food production.
To combat food insecurity today and tomorrow by growing food and farmers.
We believe that:
The Feed Iowa First board of directors comes from a diversity of backgrounds and is united in its commitment to combating food insecurity in our state.