Mobile Food Pantry Launches at Oakridge Neighborhood

On Monday, August 20, the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry was on-site at the Oakridge Neighborhood near the basketball courts from 12:00-2:00pm. The Mobile Food Pantry will be there at the same time every third and fourth Monday of the month. Oakridge Neighborhood is located just north of Unity Point/Methodist Hospital on the northeast corner of Center and Crocker Streets.

“Hunger happens 365 days of the year, and it happens for thousands of individuals right here in Polk County,” said Oakridge Neighborhood CEO Teree Caldwell-Johnson. “This Oakridge and DMARC partnership will bring the Mobile Food Pantry to the nearly 1,200 residents of our neighborhood.”

The addition of the site at Oakridge brings the total number of sites the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry visits to 15. Since its launch in 2016, the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry has assisted thousands of people living with food insecurity in Greater Des Moines.

“We are definitely bringing the pantry to the people,” said DMARC Mobile Food Pantry Manager Joe Dolack, “we are fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with Oakridge.”

The DMARC Mobile Food Pantry was made possible by the Polk County Board of Supervisors and the Partnership for a Hunger-Free Polk County. Special thanks to Stivers Ford Lincoln, Schneider Graphics, Snappy’s Trailer Store, H&H Trailers, and two individual bequests.

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