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, 17, 24 & 31; August 14 & 28.
For the next five weeks, the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network will be distributing boxes of fresh fruits and vegetables from Capital City Fruit through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Program.
The produce boxes will be distributed through DMARC’s network of 14 partner food pantries beginning today, and a public giveaway will be held at 10:00am this Friday at the Southridge Mall parking lot.
“Capital City Fruit has been partnering with DMARC for over a decade to get fresh fruits and vegetables to food pantry clients in an effort to improve nutrition among that population,” said Brendan Comito, Chief Operations Officer at Capital City Fruit. “Now, we are able to reach even more people through the USDA Food Box program, which is a win on multiple levels. It is a win for US growers, for the companies and their employees assembling the food boxes, for the non-profits such as DMARC, and for the people in our community that need food assistance.”
The produce boxes include approximately 20 lbs. of a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and are being distributed along with additional food items through DMARC’s network of partner food pantries. Food pantries have implemented a variety of alternative pantry methods such as call-ahead ordering, curbside pick-up, and food deliveries to help keep the community safe during the pandemic.
“Providing healthy food to people in need remains our top priority,” said DMARC CEO Matt Unger. “We are so grateful to partner with Capital City Fruit during this time to provide additional fresh fruits and vegetables to the people we assist.”
DMARC and Capital City Fruit are also teaming up to provide the produce boxes through free public giveaways on Fridays from 10:00am to 1:00pm (or until supplies last) at the Southridge Mall parking lot. The first giveaway will be held this Friday, May 29, and will continue to be held at the same time and location every Friday for the month of June.Sign Up to Volunteer