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: Urbandale Food Pantry

    Partner Profile: Urbandale Food Pantry

    While all partner food pantries in the DMARC Food Pantry Network have made adaptations during the pandemic, Urbandale Food Pantry has been especially innovative in its approach to limit the spread of COVID-19 while continuing to provide food to people facing hunger and food insecurity …Read More »
  • Underscoring the Importance of Interfaith Efforts

    Underscoring the Importance of Interfaith Efforts

    On February 8, DMARC’s Coordinator of Interfaith Engagement and state senator, Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott, shared a prayer in the Iowa Senate written by a young Muslim woman who was a previous participant of the Interfaith Youth Leadership Camp, a week-long event DMARC co-hosts every …Read More »
  • DMARC Food Pantry Network Resumes Distribution of USDA Food Boxes

    DMARC Food Pantry Network Resumes Distribution of USDA Food Boxes

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network began distributing USDA boxes from the fifth round of the USDA’s Farmers to Families Food Box Program today. DMARC previously participated in the first four rounds of the program from late May to the end …Read More »
  • Partner Profile: Johnston Partnership Place

    Partner Profile: Johnston Partnership Place

    This year, the Johnston Partnership will celebrate their 20th anniversary as a nonprofit organization. But it was only a few months ago that the organization moved into building space that was specifically designed for their needs. The new space, which officially opened on September 29, …Read More »
  • Spreading Love and Justice Through Art

    Spreading Love and Justice Through Art

    by T.K. West Originally from Madrid, Nadia Drake grew up on a farm in an area that is historically known as Sugar Valley. She then graduated from the University of Northern Iowa before making her way back to the Des Moines Metro. Today, Nadia not …Read More »
  • In Loving Memory of Linda Vander Hart

    In Loving Memory of Linda Vander Hart

    Last week, DMARC lost a very important member of our family, Linda Vander Hart. Linda was the Office Administrator for our team for more than seven years, but that “title” falls woefully short in describing how much Linda did for DMARC. She very much was …Read More »
  • Support Our Work through the DMARC Holiday Sale

    Support Our Work through the DMARC Holiday Sale

    This Holiday season donate and shop all in one place! Whether buying a gift for a loved one or yourself do it with DMARC’s Holiday sale. Your support of the event will help close the gap between hunger and food security in Greater Des Moines, …Read More »
  • 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 »
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