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

  • 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 »
  • DMARC Statement on the Anniversary of George Floyd’s Death

    DMARC Statement on the Anniversary of George Floyd’s Death

    Today marks one year since George Floyd was murdered. In the days and months that followed his tragic death, our nation, state, and local community have seen some of the largest protests and calls for racial justice in decades, demanding action and systemic change. Individuals …Read More »
  • Partner Profile: Bidwell Riverside Center

    Partner Profile: Bidwell Riverside Center

    Bidwell Riverside Center has been feeding people on the south side of Des Moines for 128 years, and has been at its current location at 1203 Hartford Avenue since 1948. Bidwell was an original founding partner pantry of the DMARC Food Pantry Network when it …Read More »
  • Staff Spotlight: Nisha Kishor

    Staff Spotlight: Nisha Kishor

    Nisha Kishor is the Volunteer & Outreach Manager at DMARC. Nisha grew up in Wichita, Kansas and moved to Kentucky in high school. She attended the University of Kentucky where she earned a BA in Political Science and International Studies. After school she taught English …Read More »
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