Des Moines Area Religious Council

100 Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA 50315 | (515) 277-6969 | info@dmarcunited.org

Our Mission

Working together to meet basic human needs for the greater Des Moines community.

Our Services

Learn more about our Food Pantry Network and Interfaith Engagement.


Latest News from DMARC

  • DMARC-KET Southside Food Pantry expanding hours

    DMARC-KET Southside Food Pantry expanding hours

    The DMARC-Ket Southside Food Pantry is expanding its operating hours effective Monday, Jan. 30. Hours: 9 to 5 p.m. – Monday to Friday 9 to 1 p.m. – First Saturday of the month (starting Sat., Feb. 4)  This change is to reflect the rising need …Read More »
  • House File 3 Would Increase Food Insecurity in Iowa

    House File 3 Would Increase Food Insecurity in Iowa

    Last week, House File 3 was introduced in the Iowa House with 39 co-sponsors. While we were pleased to see a $1 million appropriation for the Double Up Food Bucks program included in the bill (a top legislative priority for DMARC), there are a number …Read More »
  • DMARC Breaks Single-Day Record of Food Pantry Use on January 3

    DMARC Breaks Single-Day Record of Food Pantry Use on January 3

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network assisted 1,614 unique individuals on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, setting a new single-day record of people assisted. The previous single-day record had been set two months prior on November 1, 2022, when 1,529 people were …Read More »
  • Blake Willadsen Joins DMARC Staff, Luke Elzinga Shifts to New Role

    Blake Willadsen Joins DMARC Staff, Luke Elzinga Shifts to New Role

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) welcomed Blake Willadsen to its team as Marketing & Communications Manager on January 3, 2023. Luke Elzinga transitioned to a new role as Policy & Advocacy Manager. “We are very excited to have Blake bring his experience and …Read More »
  • DMARC Announces Closure on Thursday and Friday Due to Winter Storm

    DMARC Announces Closure on Thursday and Friday Due to Winter Storm

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) is closing its office, warehouse, and DMARC-ket Southside Food Pantry on Thursday and Friday of this week due to expected severe winter weather. Many of the food pantries in the DMARC Food Pantry Network have already announced closures …Read More »
  • 2022-2023 Holiday Hours for the DMARC Food Pantry Network

    2022-2023 Holiday Hours for the DMARC Food Pantry Network

    DMARC’s office, warehouse, and the DMARC-ket Southside Food Pantry will be closed December 26-30, 2022. The 2022-2023 holiday hours for the entire DMARC Food Pantry Network can be found below.Read More »
  • DMARC Statement on Shooting at Club Q

    DMARC Statement on Shooting at Club Q

    DMARC stands with the LGBTQ+ community in mourning the lives taken this weekend through a terrible act of violence at Club Q in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Five people are dead, and numerous others injured, by an attack on a safe haven for queer people on …Read More »
  • So, What’s Going on with DMARC and Food Bank of Iowa?

    So, What’s Going on with DMARC and Food Bank of Iowa?

    We have been getting a lot of questions from our supporters and the public about what’s going on with DMARC and Food Bank of Iowa, so we’ve put together a short FAQ to provide answers to some of the questions we’ve been receiving. So, what’s …Read More »
  • DMARC Food Pantry Network Breaks Single-Day Record of Individuals Assisted

    DMARC Food Pantry Network Breaks Single-Day Record of Individuals Assisted

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network has set an all-time record for the number of individuals assisted in a single day. On Tuesday, November 1, the DMARC Food Pantry Network assisted 1,530 individuals. The previous record was set on September 3, …Read More »
  • DMARC-ket Southside Food Pantry Now Open

    DMARC-ket Southside Food Pantry Now Open

    DMARC has opened a food pantry on-site at its headquarters, 100 Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA 50315. The new food pantry, named the DMARC-ket Southside Food Pantry, becomes the 15th partner food pantry in the DMARC Food Pantry Network, and the first brick-and-mortar food …Read More »
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