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: 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 »
  • 21-Day Equity Challenge Reflection: Luke Elzinga

    21-Day Equity Challenge Reflection: Luke Elzinga

    by Luke Elzinga, Communications & Advocacy Manager, DMARC Three years ago, my partner and I became homeowners, thanks in large part to an FHA first-time homebuyer loan. I feel incredibly fortunate to be a homeowner before the age of 30 – but it’s not luck …Read More »
  • 21-Day Equity Challenge Reflection: Matt Durham

    21-Day Equity Challenge Reflection: Matt Durham

    by Matt Durham, President, DMARC When setting sail on the 21-Day Equity Challenge I was very much looking forward to the content but didn’t know what to fully expect. Over the past couple months, I, like much of the United States, put some intent around …Read More »
  • DMARC Receives $500,000 from Prairie Meadows

    DMARC Receives $500,000 from Prairie Meadows

    On Wednesday, September 23, Prairie Meadows announced a $500,000 contribution to the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC), along with a $1 million contribution to the United Way of Central Iowa and a $500,000 contribution to the Food Bank of Iowa. “DMARC is honored to …Read More »
  • DMARC and DMPS partnering to provide mobile food pantries at schools

    DMARC and DMPS partnering to provide mobile food pantries at schools

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network and Des Moines Public Schools have expanded their partnership to provide mobile food pantries at additional DMPS school locations. “The COVID-19 spread in Iowa and resulting economic downturn have left many families without enough to …Read More »
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