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

  • 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 »
  • Iowa Total Care partnership with DMARC has helped thousands meet basic human needs in Greater Des Moines

    Iowa Total Care partnership with DMARC has helped thousands meet basic human needs in Greater Des Moines

    This Friday, August 14, Iowa Total Care will be on-site at a free produce giveaway hosted by the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) and Capital City Fruit from 10am-1pm at the Southridge Mall parking lot. Iowa Total Care will be distributing kids activity booklets …Read More »
  • DMARC and Capital City Fruit to Provide USDA Produce Boxes

    DMARC and Capital City Fruit to Provide USDA Produce Boxes

    Update (6/22/2020): DMARC and Capital City Fruit are excited to announce that produce boxes will continue to be distributed through the DMARC Food Pantry Network through August, and more free public giveaways have been scheduled for the following Fridays: June 19 & 26; July 10, …Read More »
  • DMARC Sees More of the New, Less of the Same at Food Pantries in April

    DMARC Sees More of the New, Less of the Same at Food Pantries in April

    In April, the DMARC Food Pantry Network assisted 12,091 unique individuals, with nearly 1,500 of those people using a DMARC food pantry for the first time ever. DMARC mobile food pantries assisted over 2,000 individuals with another 10,000 individuals assisted through DMARC’s network of partner …Read More »
  • DMARC Launches Food Pantry Delivery Service

    DMARC Launches Food Pantry Delivery Service

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network is launching a food pantry delivery service to meet the needs of people experiencing food insecurity in Greater Des Moines at this time. If a person is unable to obtain food by either visiting a …Read More »
  • Matt Unger on “A Deeper Dive” Podcast

    Matt Unger on “A Deeper Dive” Podcast

    DMARC CEO Matt Unger was recently interviewed by Anne Discher of Child and Family Policy Center for their podcast “A Deeper Dive” to discuss how COVID-19 is impacting people living with food insecurity in our state. Give it a listen below!Read More »
  • DMARC Sees Rise in New Food Pantry Users in March

    DMARC Sees Rise in New Food Pantry Users in March

    This March, the DMARC Food Pantry Network assisted 18,729 individuals, an increase of 11.8% compared to March 2019. In the last two weeks of March (March 16-31), DMARC saw over 1,000 people make their first visit ever to the Food Pantry Network, four times the …Read More »
  • Douglas M. Woods Hunger Challenge 2020

    Douglas M. Woods Hunger Challenge 2020

    The Douglas M. Woods Hunger Challenge is a DMARC tradition! Help Mr. Woods’ support go even further this year! Your congregation can double the impact of your gift in two ways: Congregations that have given in the past two years: We challenge you to host …Read More »
  • COVID-19 Announcements and Updates

    COVID-19 Announcements and Updates

    Please follow this page for ongoing updates and announcements regarding COVID-19. Last updated: 3:18pm, 7/27/2020. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts us locally, we wanted to communicate how DMARC is responding. We are and have been actively monitoring information from the CDC and Iowa Department of …Read More »
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