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 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 »
  • DMARC Food Pantry Network Breaks August Record

    DMARC Food Pantry Network Breaks August Record

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network assisted 20,203 people in August 2022, a new record for the month, and an 86% increase over August 2021. Nearly 2,000 people used a DMARC food pantry for the first time ever, one of the …Read More »
  • DMARC Partners with DoorDash to Expand No-Contact Food Pantry Delivery Service

    DMARC Partners with DoorDash to Expand No-Contact Food Pantry Delivery Service

    by Joe Dolack, Operations Manager DMARC’s no-contact home delivery program was fast-tracked out of necessity. With the onset of COVID-19, we needed to adjust our model to meet community members where they were — and a large part of the vulnerable population that we assist …Read More »
  • DMARC Receives $25,000 Grant from Aetna

    DMARC Receives $25,000 Grant from Aetna

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) recently received a $25,000 grant from Aetna Health of Iowa Inc., dba Aetna Better Health of Iowa, a CVS Health company (NYSE: CVS). The funding will provide over 41,000 healthy meals to people living with food insecurity through …Read More »
  • Portrait of a Food Pantry Visitor: Data, Demographics, and Disparities

    Portrait of a Food Pantry Visitor: Data, Demographics, and Disparities

    Today, DMARC is releasing a new report, Portrait of a Food Pantry Visitor: Data, Demographics, and Disparities. This report aims to highlight current disparities among food pantry visitors related to race and ethnicity, gender, and age. It is our hope that this report will inform …Read More »
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Rosemary Thierer

    Volunteer Spotlight: Rosemary Thierer

    As an effort to better acknowledge all the hard work our dedicated volunteers put in to help us meet our mission, DMARC is spotlighting their hard work! This month, we’re recognizing Rosemary Thierer for her outstanding work as one of our most active volunteers. Thank …Read More »
  • DMARC Mobile Food Pantry Launches at Orchard Place – PACE

    DMARC Mobile Food Pantry Launches at Orchard Place – PACE

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) is launching a new mobile food pantry location at Orchard Place – PACE on Monday, July 18. The DMARC mobile food pantry will be on location at Orchard Place – PACE, 620 8th Street in downtown Des Moines, …Read More »
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