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Portrait of a food pantry visitor

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Portrait of a food pantry visitor

Des Moines Area Religious Council

100 Army Post Road, Des Moines, IA 50315 | (515) 277-6969 | info@dmarcunited.org

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

  • Rising to meet the need

    Rising to meet the need

    Becky Whitlow, Director of the DMARC Food Pantry Network describes herself as a bargain hunter. As the primary wholesale purchase for the network of 14 food pantry partners, mobile food pantry sites, and food delivery program, Whitlow has had her hands full. She finds herself …Read More »
  • Over 140 Faith Leaders call for action on Summer EBT

    Over 140 Faith Leaders call for action on Summer EBT

    Re: Iowa Interfaith Leaders – feeding hungry children this summer the right thing to do Dear Governor Reynolds, Lt. Governor Gregg, and Director Garcia, Feeding the poor is a universal value shared by all major faith traditions and all cultures – this is especially true …Read More »
  • 5 ways you left your mark in 2023

    5 ways you left your mark in 2023

    2023 will go down as the busiest year of all-time at the DMARC Food Pantry Network. Even with the challenges that this year has brought, we are incredibly grateful for your support as we’ve risen to meet this emergency need in our community. 1) Your …Read More »
  • Holiday Closures for the DMARC Food Pantry Network

    Holiday Closures for the DMARC Food Pantry Network

    DMARC would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. Please be aware of upcoming holiday closures at all food pantry sites. DMARC’s office, warehouse, and the DMARC-ket Southside Food Pantry will be closed Dec. 23 through Jan. 1, resuming operations Jan 2, …Read More »
  • Meet Rebeka

    Meet Rebeka

    Rebeka S. appreciates the option for mobile and permanent pantries. She’s used both as a resource to help handicapped relatives and grab food while being unhoused in the winter months. “We’re stressed out and hungry. We’re kind of getting what we can, where we can, …Read More »
  • Meet Debra

    Meet Debra

    Debra G. pulls up to the Families First – Bidwell Pantry on one of the first bitter cold days of the fall. She is grateful that today is a good day for her health, but getting to the pantry isn’t always realistic. I’ve had five …Read More »
  • Meet Heather

    Meet Heather

    On a particularly sunny afternoon, Heather N. walks into the Urbandale Food Pantry with her son. It’s the beginning of the month and with the holidays right around the corner, she is excited to shop for some items that will fill the table when she …Read More »
  • DMARC Food Pantry Network sees busiest month of all time in November

    DMARC Food Pantry Network sees busiest month of all time in November

    26,469 unique individuals were assisted by The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network during the month of November, becoming the busiest month in the 47-year history of the network by a significant margin. This exceeds the previous all-time record set in August …Read More »
  • The faces behind a record year

    The faces behind a record year

    On a particularly sunny afternoon, Heather N. walks into the Urbandale Food Pantry with her son. It’s the beginning of the month and with the holidays right around the corner, she is excited to shop for some items that will fill the table when she …Read More »
  • Host a Drive

    Host a Drive

    Whether at home, in your workplace, or at your faith community, supporting the DMARC Food Pantry Network can be a fun way to bring people together around a common goal to fight food insecurity.     Help us set the table this holiday season… How …Read More »
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