Meet our new Operations Coordinator, Rose!

Share this article

Share on linkedin
Share on facebook
Share on google

Eat Greater Des Moines is excited to welcome our new Operations Coordinator, Rose Cooney, to the team!

Rose will be responsible for managing the day to day details for Eat Greater Des Moines’ food programs, including the food rescue transportation program, Operation: Fresh Produce Drop, and the ChowBank food rescue app. This includes building and maintaining trusting relationships with food rescue recipient partner organizations, donor organizations, and program partners.

Learn more about Rose: 

Where are you from? Where did you go to school?

  1. I grew up in Des Moines in the Beaverdale neighborhood. I went to Dowling Catholic High School and then I went to the University of Iowa where I majored in Political Science and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Post college I’ve worked in a combination of electoral politics and at nonprofits throughout the Midwest.

What will you be working on with Eat Greater Des Moines?

  1. I am going to be the Operations Coordinator here at Eat Greater Des Moines and I will be focusing on coordinating multiple programs including Operation Fresh Produce Drop, Food Rescue, and many others.

What are you most excited for?

  1. I’m excited to be a part of a team that is working to connect those who are food insecure with not only more food, but also quality food! I hope that I can bring a new lens and fresh ideas to this already great organization.

Share a fun fact or favorite food memory! 

  1. I have always loved food whether that is trying a new cuisine, cooking a family recipe or attempting to grow my own fresh herbs food has always been a big part of my life. In 2021, my girlfriend and I have made it a goal to try a new type of cuisine and a new restaurant each month as a way to shake things up on our food journeys. I’m always looking for recommendations for new local restaurants and grocery/food stores, so please send all the best places in Iowa!


Keep an eye out for updates on the awesome work that Rose is doing with Eat Greater Des Moines! 

Emma Gellerstedt

Emma Gellerstedt

Eat Greater Des Moines Intern