Des Moines Area Religious Council

With important programs to feed, assist and nurture the needs of Greater Des Moines, the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) works with over 125 member congregations from five different faith traditions.

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

  • Partner Profile: Johnston Partnership Place

    Partner Profile: Johnston Partnership Place

    This year, the Johnston Partnership will celebrate their 20th anniversary as a nonprofit organization. But it was only a few months ago that the organization moved into building space that was specifically designed for their needs. The new space, which officially opened on September 29, …Read More »
  • Spreading Love and Justice Through Art

    Spreading Love and Justice Through Art

    by T.K. West Originally from Madrid, Nadia Drake grew up on a farm in an area that is historically known as Sugar Valley. She then graduated from the University of Northern Iowa before making her way back to the Des Moines Metro. Today, Nadia not …Read More »
  • In Loving Memory of Linda Vander Hart

    In Loving Memory of Linda Vander Hart

    Last week, DMARC lost a very important member of our family, Linda Vander Hart. Linda was the Office Administrator for our team for more than seven years, but that “title” falls woefully short in describing how much Linda did for DMARC. She very much was …Read More »
  • Support Our Work through the DMARC Holiday Sale

    Support Our Work through the DMARC Holiday Sale

    This Holiday season donate and shop all in one place! Whether buying a gift for a loved one or yourself do it with DMARC’s Holiday sale. Your support of the event will help close the gap between hunger and food security in Greater Des Moines, …Read More »
  • Partner Profile: Catholic Charities Food Pantry

    Partner Profile: Catholic Charities Food Pantry

    Catholic Charities Food Pantry 1815 Hubbell Avenue Des Moines, IA 50316 (515) 262-7290 Website Hours of Operation Monday-Thursday: 10:00am – 3:30pm Friday: 9:30am – 11:30am Catholic Charities, Diocese of Des Moines has been providing food service to the greater Des Moines community for a long …Read More »
  • DMARC Distributes 6,000 Thanksgiving Meals Donated by Hy-Vee

    DMARC Distributes 6,000 Thanksgiving Meals Donated by Hy-Vee

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network distributed 6,000 Thanksgiving meals that were donated by Hy-Vee, Inc. On November 19, Des Moines area Hy-Vee employees packed 1,500 Thanksgiving meal packages, each containing enough food for a Thanksgiving meal for four. “The Des …Read More »
  • Iowa Pork Producers Support DMARC through “Running with the Pigskins”

    Iowa Pork Producers Support DMARC through “Running with the Pigskins”

    The “big game” between Iowa and Iowa State is one of the biggest Iowa – and DMARC traditions! As part of the fun each year, Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) encourages groups and organizations to host competitive food and fund drives in honor of …Read More »
  • 21-Day Equity Challenge Reflection: Andrea Cook

    21-Day Equity Challenge Reflection: Andrea Cook

    by Andrea Cook, Program Director, Johnston Partnership Place When United Way of Central Iowa announced the 21-Day Equity Challenge, I did all the things a non-profit program director should: emailed the information out to my Board members, staff and volunteers, signed up myself, fielded the …Read More »
  • Pandemic Forces Historic Sherman Hill to Go Virtual for 2020 Halloween on the Hill

    Pandemic Forces Historic Sherman Hill to Go Virtual for 2020 Halloween on the Hill

    Since its inception in 2010, Halloween on the Hill has grown to become Des Moines’s premier Halloween event. For a decade, residents of the historic Sherman Hill neighborhood have gone all out to decorate their homes with spooky scenes while also collecting food items for …Read More »
  • 21-Day Equity Challenge Reflection: Amy Becker

    21-Day Equity Challenge Reflection: Amy Becker

    by Amy Becker, Team Pastor, Ashworth Church I’m grateful for the gift of United Way’s 21 Day Equity Challenge. As a pastor, a leader for college ministries around the state of Iowa, as a neighbor, and a mom, the Equity Challenge has given me tools, …Read More »
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