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 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 »
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Ann McGonegle

    Volunteer Spotlight: Ann McGonegle

    How long have you been volunteering with DMARC? I believe I started in the fall of 2016. What do you do as a volunteer with DMARC? I’d say I’m a mobile girl. I’ve always been a mobile girl with the guys. And I just kind …Read More »
  • Meals From The Market Starts Up Again this Saturday

    Meals From The Market Starts Up Again this Saturday

    Those interested in volunteering with Meals From The Market can sign up online at dmarcunited.org/volunteer.Read More »
  • Join DMARC for Our Annual Meeting

    Join DMARC for Our Annual Meeting

    Thursday, May 20, 6:00-7:00pm via Zoom You’re invited! Join DMARC for a virtual annual meeting on Thursday, May 20, 6:00-7:00pm. Learn more about our work over the past year and how we adapted and stayed flexible in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hear from DMARC …Read More »
  • Commemorating 45 Years of the DMARC Food Pantry Network

    Commemorating 45 Years of the DMARC Food Pantry Network

    We have grown to occupy 9,000 square feet of warehouse space with pallet racking and walk-in coolers and freezers, employ a staff of 17 people, manage a fleet of six vehicles, and assist over 58,000 unique individuals on an annual basis. Whenever our community has …Read More »
  • Staff Spotlight: Patrick Minor

    Staff Spotlight: Patrick Minor

    What drew you to DMARC originally, and how has it changed since then? Originally, DMARC moved into the building next to my apartment. I had never heard of the organization before. I was working as a regional minister for young adults in my church, until …Read More »
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Jerry Wylie

    Volunteer Spotlight: Jerry Wylie

    Why should others consider volunteering with DMARC? It’s an easy way to help others in need while getting some exercise and spending time with family or friends. Interested in learning more about how you can volunteer your time and talents with DMARC? Visit our Volunteer …Read More »
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