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

  • 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 »
  • DMARC and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa Relaunch Refuel Station

    DMARC and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa Relaunch Refuel Station

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa (BGCCI) are relaunching the “Refuel Station” this week, a mobile food pantry specifically designed to cater to children. The Refuel Station was originally launched in April 2019, but operations were …Read More »
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Connie Richards

    Volunteer Spotlight: Connie Richards

    As an effort to better acknowledge all the hard work our dedicated volunteers put in to help us meet our mission, DMARC is spotlighting their hard work! This month, we’re recognizing Connie Richards for her help volunteering with our Red Barrel Program and Mobile Food …Read More »
  • Staff Spotlight: Daniel Beck

    Staff Spotlight: Daniel Beck

    Daniel Beck is the Data, Analytics, and Program Coordinator at DMARC. Daniel joined DMARC during the spring/summer of 2010, initially as a volunteer assisting with some construction in the former warehouse, and was hired as staff later in the summer that same year. Daniel’s role …Read More »
  • Introducing DMARC’s Nutrition Advisory Committee

    Introducing DMARC’s Nutrition Advisory Committee

    by Linda Gobberdiel, MA RD LD We are currently in the middle of National Nutrition Month and what a great time to introduce DMARC’s Nutrition Advisory Committee! This relatively new group focuses on nutrition-related projects for DMARC and their food pantries. Back in 2019, DMARC …Read More »
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