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, Housing Stability Fund and Interfaith Engagement.


Latest News from DMARC

  • 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! April 1 through April 14, 2020, your congregation can double the impact of your gift in two ways: New Congregations: Donations from congregations who have never …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: 1:44pm, 3/30/2020. As the coronavirus (COVID-19) begins to impact us locally, we wanted to communicate how DMARC is responding. We are and have been actively monitoring information from the CDC and Iowa …Read More »
  • DMARC Statement on SSB 3158

    DMARC Statement on SSB 3158

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council strongly opposes Senate Study Bill 3158, which would kick nearly 60,000 Iowans off Food Assistance (SNAP), as well as expand work requirements to teenagers, pregnant women, caretakers, and college students and impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. This is …Read More »
  • Staff Spotlight: Becky Whitlow

    Staff Spotlight: Becky Whitlow

    DMARC Food Pantry Network Director since 2012, Becky Whitlow has over 20 years experience in product merchandising, warehouse operations, and distribution of hard goods. An expert in building community collaborations and customer relationships, Becky has experience managing $500,000-$1.5 million in product inventory, purchasing, and redistribution …Read More »
  • DMARC Assists Over 55,000 People in 2019

    DMARC Assists Over 55,000 People in 2019

    Food Pantry Use in December In December 2019, 19,613 people used a DMARC food pantry, an 11.6% increase in use compared to December 2018. Food Pantry Use Continues to Increase In calendar year 2019, the DMARC Food Pantry Network assisted 55,745 unique individuals comprising 23,820 …Read More »
  • Staff Spotlight: Leslie Garman

    Staff Spotlight: Leslie Garman

    Leslie Garman joined DMARC’s team as Director of Development & Outreach in May of 2017. Today she leads all fundraising and outreach efforts with the support of DMARC’s development staff and volunteer team. Leslie brings a wealth of fund development, communications, special event, and volunteer …Read More »
  • DMARC Food Pantry Network Holiday Schedule

    DMARC Food Pantry Network Holiday Schedule

    This holiday season, we will be providing extra time for staff to spend with family and friends. The DMARC office and warehouse will close at 12:00pm on Tuesday, December 24, and will re-open the morning of Monday, December 30. We will also be closed January …Read More »
  • DMARC Assists Record Number of People in November

    DMARC Assists Record Number of People in November

    This November, the DMARC Food Pantry Network assisted 22,632 individuals, setting a new record number of people assisted in a single month by the organization. It was also the first time DMARC assisted over 9,000 households in a single month.  Read More »
  • Staff Spotlight: Joe Dolack

    Staff Spotlight: Joe Dolack

    Joe Dolack joined the DMARC team in April 2013, and as Operations Manager he oversees different programs within the DMARC Food Pantry Network. Joe helped build the Mobile Food Pantry Program from its infancy. The Mobile Food Pantry Program has more than double in size …Read More »
  • Staff Spotlight: Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott

    Staff Spotlight: Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott

    The Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott joined DMARC in August 2017 as the Coordinator of Interfaith Engagement. Sarah works with the diverse faith communities of the greater Des Moines area to support the mission of DMARC, while also creating resources and opportunities to support faith communities …Read More »
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