Des Moines Area Religious Council

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

  • Staff Spotlight: Monica Curl

    Staff Spotlight: Monica Curl

    Get to know DMARC Development & Outreach Associate Monica Curl! What drew you to DMARC originally, and how has it changed since then? Just out of college I chose to become an AmeriCorps VISTA and as a VISTA I worked with three different organizations and …Read More »
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah Engbretson

    Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah Engbretson

    This month we’re shining a spotlight on DMARC volunteer Sarah Engbretson, who serves on multiple DMARC committees and helps engage young professionals in fighting hunger. Thank you for all you do for DMARC, Sarah! Why do you volunteer with DMARC? I love how DMARC serves …Read More »
  • DMARC Applauds Historic Increase to SNAP Benefits

    DMARC Applauds Historic Increase to SNAP Benefits

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) applauds the recent announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, used to calculate benefit amounts for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known in Iowa as Food Assistance. …Read More »
  • DMARC Launches New Mobile Food Pantry Site at Merle Hay Mall

    DMARC Launches New Mobile Food Pantry Site at Merle Hay Mall

    DMARC is launching a new mobile food pantry site at Merle Hay Mall, starting Tuesday, August 3. The mobile food pantry will be on-location at the Merle Hay Applebee’s south parking lot every Tuesday evening from 4:00-6:00pm in conjunction with Applebee’s “Together We Care Tuesdays.” …Read More »
  • Get to Know Phil Kiwayiele

    Get to Know Phil Kiwayiele

    Pamphile (Phil) Kiwayiele recently joined DMARC’s staff as the Accounting/Office Administrator. Before joining DMARC, Phil worked as a staff accountant at various companies, preparing and processing accounting journal entries, data analysis, budget preparation, financial reporting, preparing monthly ledger account reconciliations, managing accounts payable and receivable, …Read More »
  • UNITS of Central Iowa Challenges Cubs Fans to Fill Storage UNIT with Cereal for DMARC

    UNITS of Central Iowa Challenges Cubs Fans to Fill Storage UNIT with Cereal for DMARC

    UNITS of Central Iowa is celebrating their grand opening by hosting a food and fund drive for the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network at the Iowa Cubs game on Saturday, July 10. Fans are challenged to fill a storage UNIT that …Read More »
  • Celebrating Our Differences

    Celebrating Our Differences

    At DMARC, we have a mission of working together to meet basic human needs for the greater Des Moines community – and that includes everyone. As we celebrate Pride this month, we celebrate our LGBTQ+ community and recognize the unique hardships faced by the queer …Read More »
  • DMARC Honors the Life of Harold Varce

    DMARC Honors the Life of Harold Varce

    Rev. Harold A. Varce, former Executive Director of the Des Moines Area Religious Council, passed away on June 8 at the age of 96. Varce served as DMARC’s Executive Director from June 1973 to December 1989. Under his leadership, DMARC established its Food Pantry Network …Read More »
  • Making DMARC a More Equitable Organization

    Making DMARC a More Equitable Organization

    by Matt Unger, Chief Executive Officer At DMARC, one of the foundational pillars of our Food Pantry Network is equitable access to food. We believe that if you need food, you should be able to get the same kind of food, the same quality, and …Read More »
  • DMARC Receives $5,000 Grant from Bayer Fund

    DMARC Receives $5,000 Grant from Bayer Fund

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) announced today it received a grant for $5,000 from Bayer Fund, which will be used to support the DMARC Food Pantry Network and general operations. “DMARC is grateful to receive this support from Bayer Fund,” said DMARC Director …Read More »
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