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, Housing Stability Fund and Interfaith Engagement.


Latest News from DMARC

  • Des Moines Area Hy-Vee Stores Donate Over $42,000 to DMARC Food Pantry Network

    Des Moines Area Hy-Vee Stores Donate Over $42,000 to DMARC Food Pantry Network

    On Friday, September 9, 2019, Des Moines area Hy-Vee store directors stopped by DMARC’s warehouse to present a donation of $42,940.28 to the DMARC Food Pantry Network. The stores participated in a companywide campaign earlier this year called “Feed the Need” to help replenish local …Read More »
  • Global Atlantic Financial Group Makes Big Impact Through Virtual Drive

    Global Atlantic Financial Group Makes Big Impact Through Virtual Drive

    Earlier this month, Global Atlantic Financial Group hosted a virtual drive for DMARC focused on raising funds to purchase diapers, wipes, infant formula, baby food, and period supplies. The drive was spearheaded by Global Atlantic Financial Group’s Women’s Network. One of the objectives of the …Read More »
  • DMARC Summer Interns Gain Skills and Give Back

    DMARC Summer Interns Gain Skills and Give Back

    This article first appeared in the Aug/Sep/Oct 2019 issue of The Voice. Over the past few years, DMARC has enjoyed the privilege of hosting high school interns to assist our warehouse team with daily operations while developing life and job skills. This summer we welcomed …Read More »
  • DMARC Statement on “Public Charge” Final Rule

    DMARC Statement on “Public Charge” Final Rule

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) strongly opposes the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s final rule, “Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds.” We believe the “public charge” rule will negatively impact the health and nutrition of children and families in Iowa and throughout the nation. …Read More »
  • DMARC Statement on Proposed USDA Rule Change to Broad-based Categorical Eligibility

    DMARC Statement on Proposed USDA Rule Change to Broad-based Categorical Eligibility

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) strongly opposes the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s proposed rule change that would significantly roll back broad-based categorical eligibility (BBCE) for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Iowa is one of 42 states and jurisdictions that utilizes …Read More »
  • Staff Spotlight: Matt Unger

    Staff Spotlight: Matt Unger

    Here at DMARC, we’re all about making connections between people. As an interfaith organization, we bring a wide variety of people together to meet basic human needs for our community. We know that by coming together and building relationships with one another, we can accomplish …Read More »
  • DMARC Food Pantry Network Assists 20,000+ in July

    DMARC Food Pantry Network Assists 20,000+ in July

    The DMARC Food Pantry Network assisted 20,156 individuals in the month of July 2019, an increase of 13.8% compared to July of last year. This past July was the third highest overall month of pantry use in the DMARC Food Pantry Network’s 43-year history, behind …Read More »
  • Three Questions to Ask Candidates Running for Office

    Three Questions to Ask Candidates Running for Office

    As Iowans, we have some unique opportunities to engage and interact with candidates running for a number of elected offices, including presidential candidates visiting the state ahead of the Iowa caucuses in February 2020. DMARC has prepared a list below of three questions that you …Read More »
  • DMARC Awarded Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant

    DMARC Awarded Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network recently received a Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant of $10,000. The grant will allow DMARC to provide the equivalent of 20,000 nutritious meals for central Iowans living with food insecurity. The grant will ensure that …Read More »
  • DMARC Names Matt Unger as CEO

    DMARC Names Matt Unger as CEO

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Board of Directors has named Matt Unger as the new CEO of DMARC. Matt Unger recently completed a 6+ year stretch at the Food Bank of Iowa. Starting as Program Manager and finishing as Chief Operating Officer, Unger …Read More »
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