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

  • Statement on the Shooting at Cornerstone Church of Ames

    Statement on the Shooting at Cornerstone Church of Ames

    Last night, a gunman killed two young women in the parking lot of Cornerstone Church in Ames before taking his own life. We are saddened and outraged to see yet another instance of people being killed at their sacred place of worship. DMARC stands in …Read More »
  • DMARC Sees Substantial Increase in Use at Food Pantries

    DMARC Sees Substantial Increase in Use at Food Pantries

    The DMARC Food Pantry Network saw a 39% increase in use in April 2022 compared to April 2021. DMARC’s network of 14 partner food pantries and mobile food pantry program assisted a total of 14,294 individuals this April. The trend has continued into the month …Read More »
  • ‘Spring Greens’ Raises Over $100,000 for DMARC

    ‘Spring Greens’ Raises Over $100,000 for DMARC

    DMARC’s 4th annual signature event, Spring Greens, held May 12th at the Scottish Rite Consistory, raised over $121,000 in support of its mission to meet basic human needs in the greater Des Moines area. The event celebrated DMARC’s 70th anniversary and was supported through the …Read More »
  • DMARC Launches Data Visualization Dashboard for the Public

    DMARC Launches Data Visualization Dashboard for the Public

    DMARC has launched a publicly-accessible data visualization dashboard for its Food Pantry Network. The data visualization dashboard is now live and can be accessed at data.dmarcunited.org. DMARC has been utilizing an internal data visualization dashboard since 2017, but the dashboard has been housed on a …Read More »
  • DMARC Holds Second Storytellers Roundtable on Hunger and Food Insecurity

    DMARC Holds Second Storytellers Roundtable on Hunger and Food Insecurity

    DMARC held its second Storytellers Roundtable on Hunger and Food Insecurity on Saturday, February 26, at Central Library in downtown Des Moines. 10 participants joined DMARC to share about their own experiences with hunger and food insecurity. Some common themes and beliefs that were shared …Read More »
  • Attacks on Public Assistance Programs are Offensive and Wrong

    Attacks on Public Assistance Programs are Offensive and Wrong

    By Matt Unger, Chief Executive Officer, DMARC For 70 years, the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) has been bringing people together from across the religious spectrum to meet basic human needs for Greater Des Moines. One thing that people of all faith backgrounds can …Read More »
  • DMARC Statement on Hostage Situation at Congregation Beth Israel

    DMARC Statement on Hostage Situation at Congregation Beth Israel

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) stands with the Jewish community of Colleyville, Texas, and with the wider Jewish community of Greater Des Moines, the state of Iowa, and the world. While we are relieved that all four hostages were physically unharmed, Saturday’s hostage …Read More »
  • DMARC Statement on Bomb Threat at Burns United Methodist Church

    DMARC Statement on Bomb Threat at Burns United Methodist Church

    This weekend, DMARC was saddened to learn about the bomb threat directed at Burns United Methodist Church, a Historically Black Church that has been a part of our community for over 150 years. This threat is not one that should be taken lightly. Throughout our …Read More »
  • Opportunities

    Opportunities

    by Tara Leigh Kramer. A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Nov/Dec/Jan 2021-2022 issue of The Voice. One definition of the word “opportunity” is “a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.” I fell ill, and my symptoms became …Read More »
  • Marisol’s Story

    Marisol’s Story

    by Leslie Garman, Director of Development & Outreach “If you were here right now, I’d give you a hug!” No, I’m not the one saying that; Marisol, a DMARC food pantry visitor is. And she’s saying it because she’s grateful—to you. Thanks to you and …Read More »
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