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 Food Pantry Network Breaks August Record

    DMARC Food Pantry Network Breaks August Record

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network assisted 20,203 people in August 2022, a new record for the month, and an 86% increase over August 2021. Nearly 2,000 people used a DMARC food pantry for the first time ever, one of the …Read More »
  • DMARC Partners with DoorDash to Expand No-Contact Food Pantry Delivery Service

    DMARC Partners with DoorDash to Expand No-Contact Food Pantry Delivery Service

    by Joe Dolack, Operations Manager DMARC’s no-contact home delivery program was fast-tracked out of necessity. With the onset of COVID-19, we needed to adjust our model to meet community members where they were — and a large part of the vulnerable population that we assist …Read More »
  • DMARC Receives $25,000 Grant from Aetna

    DMARC Receives $25,000 Grant from Aetna

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) recently received a $25,000 grant from Aetna Health of Iowa Inc., dba Aetna Better Health of Iowa, a CVS Health company (NYSE: CVS). The funding will provide over 41,000 healthy meals to people living with food insecurity through …Read More »
  • Portrait of a Food Pantry Visitor: Data, Demographics, and Disparities

    Portrait of a Food Pantry Visitor: Data, Demographics, and Disparities

    Today, DMARC is releasing a new report, Portrait of a Food Pantry Visitor: Data, Demographics, and Disparities. This report aims to highlight current disparities among food pantry visitors related to race and ethnicity, gender, and age. It is our hope that this report will inform …Read More »
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Rosemary Thierer

    Volunteer Spotlight: Rosemary Thierer

    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 Rosemary Thierer for her outstanding work as one of our most active volunteers. Thank …Read More »
  • DMARC Mobile Food Pantry Launches at Orchard Place – PACE

    DMARC Mobile Food Pantry Launches at Orchard Place – PACE

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) is launching a new mobile food pantry location at Orchard Place – PACE on Monday, July 18. The DMARC mobile food pantry will be on location at Orchard Place – PACE, 620 8th Street in downtown Des Moines, …Read More »
  • Statement on the Shooting at Cornerstone Church of Ames

    Statement on the Shooting at Cornerstone Church of Ames

    Last night, a gunman killed two young women in the parking lot of Cornerstone Church in Ames before taking his own life. We are saddened and outraged to see yet another instance of people being killed at their sacred place of worship. DMARC stands in …Read More »
  • DMARC Sees Substantial Increase in Use at Food Pantries

    DMARC Sees Substantial Increase in Use at Food Pantries

    The DMARC Food Pantry Network saw a 39% increase in use in April 2022 compared to April 2021. DMARC’s network of 14 partner food pantries and mobile food pantry program assisted a total of 14,294 individuals this April. The trend has continued into the month …Read More »
  • ‘Spring Greens’ Raises Over $100,000 for DMARC

    ‘Spring Greens’ Raises Over $100,000 for DMARC

    DMARC’s 4th annual signature event, Spring Greens, held May 12th at the Scottish Rite Consistory, raised over $121,000 in support of its mission to meet basic human needs in the greater Des Moines area. The event celebrated DMARC’s 70th anniversary and was supported through the …Read More »
  • DMARC Launches Data Visualization Dashboard for the Public

    DMARC Launches Data Visualization Dashboard for the Public

    DMARC has launched a publicly-accessible data visualization dashboard for its Food Pantry Network. The data visualization dashboard is now live and can be accessed at data.dmarcunited.org. DMARC has been utilizing an internal data visualization dashboard since 2017, but the dashboard has been housed on a …Read More »
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