The World Food Prize

Organization: The World Food Prize Foundation

Address: 1700 Ruan Center
666 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309 USA

Contact Phone Number: (515) 245-3783    

Contact Fax Number: (515) 245-3785                                                                                                          

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Foundation President: Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn

Student Opportunities: The World Food Prize Foundation offers both volunteer and internship opportunities.The most urgent need for volunteers centers around the World Food Prize annual events week, which occurs each October on or around UN World Food Day (October 16).  At that time, volunteers play a key role in ensuring that the Borlaug Dialogue  symposium, the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony, the Iowa Hunger Summit, and all other elements of the Harvest Festival run smoothly and successfully.In addition to the annual events week, the World Food Prize greatly appreciates the generous support of volunteers year-round. Volunteer opportunities available located at the office. The World Food Prize also offers the George Washington Carver Internship, which is an unparalleled professional opportunity for students interested in global issues of hunger, poverty and development. Interns work with Ambassador Quinn and gain valuable experience and increase their understanding of the international fight against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

Other online points of contact: YouTube, Twitter, Facebook

Best Time To Be Reached: During regular business hours, Monday-Friday by telephone. Contact via e-mail can also be made. The office contact specified that inquiring e-mails will be responded to within 2-3 business days, unless it is around October 16th, the UN World Food Day when workload increases.

Time Commitment For Opportunities: While there are volunteer opportunities available in the downtown Des Moines’ Ruan Center office year round, the number of hours available to volunteer increase exponentially in the fall, around the UN Food Day, the Borlaug Dialogue symposium, the World Food Prize Laureate Award’s, the Iowa Hunger Summit and the Harvest Festival.

Training Needed: No specific training is required for volunteers, just an interest in non-profit humanitarian assistance. Internships are selective and require a strong foundational knowledge and understanding  of the international fight against hunger, malnutrition, and poverty.

Opportunity Descriptions: Desire for volunteers increases exponentially in the fall in assuring that the UN Food Day, the Borlaug Dialogue symposium, the World Food Prize Laureate Award’s, the Iowa Hunger Summit and the Harvest Festival run smoothly. Interns are regarded as full-time staff when working, and are important in the execution of tasks vital to achieving The World Food Prize Foundation’s mission statement, in ending world hunger.

Regions Served: The World Food Prize is the foremost international award recognizing — without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs — the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. Therefore the World Food Prize serves regions pained by malnutrition, undernourishment and scarcity of food, all over the world.

Suggestions for other International Development/Hunger Alleviation Opportunities: The World Food Prize encourages involvement with many of its sponsors, such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The Mathile Institute for the Advancement of Human Nutrition, the USDA Agricultural Research Service, World Initiative for Soy in Human Health and the Alliance to End Hunger. These organizations operate nationally and outside of Iowa.

Do You Serve Specific Ethnic Groups or Languages? The World Food Prize is not committed to serving a specific ethnic, religious or political group. The World Food Prize is committed to serve people enduring the effects of hunger, food-shortages and malnutrition all over the world.Laureates have been recognized from countries around the world, including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Cuba, Denmark, Ethiopia, India, Mexico, Sierra Leone, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United Nations and the United States.

Additional Notes/What Does This Organization Do? The World Food Prize has honored outstanding individuals who have made vital contributions to improving the quality, quantity or availability of food throughout the world. The World Food Prize recognizes contributions in any field involved in the world food supply — food and agriculture science and technology, manufacturing, marketing, nutrition, economics, poverty alleviation, political leadership and the social sciences as well as serves as a method of calling the world’s attention to the necessity to improve global food security.

Submitted By: Gregory Whitaker


Iowa Asian Alliance

Iowa Asian Alliance

525 SW 5th St., Suite A, Des Moines, IA 50309


Contact: Kate Banasiak


Phone: 515-282-8192

Social media: Facebook, Twitter


CelebrAsian is an annual festival that the Iowa Asian Alliance holds. This year it will be on Saturday, May 12.  They recruit a couple hundred volunteers every year to work at the festival for a few hours each. A leadership team of 20-30 people work year round to plan the event, and college students who are interested would be welcome to join the team.

There is a communications internship (currently filled) that involves website design and writing a weekly newsletter for members.

The Iowa Asian Alliance serves all Asian countries – 14 different countries will be represented at CelebrAsian.

The Alliance does not work directly with Asian immigrants, but it works to promote volunteer opportunities with other organizations that work with Asian immigrants.

Filipino-American Association of Iowa

Filipino-American Association of Iowa
Carlisle, IA (Association President’s home)

Contact: Alma Reed, president
phone: 515-240-5631
best time to call: most likely to be reached at night, but leave a message with your name and contact information so she can return the call.

Association is aimed at organizing Filipinos and other Asian groups (Burmese, Japanese, Nepali, Chinese) behind regional interests. Their activities raise cultural awareness about the country and region at local festivals and events.  They also do fundraising for projects and aid that is sent back to the Philippines following disasters.

They offer internships and and projects for volunteering at low to high levels of involvement, such as staffing their booth at festivals, fundraising for projects, serving on their board, and helping to structure the constitution of the organization.

The Filipino-American Association of Iowa is currently searching for more partners inside the Philippines, but currently serves alongside Igorots- which is an organization that sends medical missions back to the Phillipines- providing both fundraising and volunteers for their medical projects.