DMARC Receives $25,000 Grant from Aetna

The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) recently received a $25,000 grant from Aetna Health of Iowa Inc., dba Aetna Better Health of Iowa, a CVS Health company (NYSE: CVS). The funding will provide over 41,000 healthy meals to people living with food insecurity through the DMARC Food Pantry Network.

“Aetna Medicaid is proud to collaborate with community-based organizations that are working to eliminate food insecurity in Iowa,” said Kelly Munson, President, Aetna Medicaid. “Our donation to the DMARC Food Pantry Network will help provide individuals and families in the Des Moines area with access to healthy, nutritious food when it’s most needed.”

The DMARC Food Pantry Network provides a guaranteed three-day supply of healthy food once per calendar month, with additional items available on a daily basis. DMARC focuses on providing fresh fruits and vegetables and healthier options of non-perishable food to people seeking assistance in the Des Moines metro area, including participants of SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), the largest federal nutrition assistance benefits program for eligible low-income individuals and families.

“This gift could not have come at a better time for us,” said Matt Unger, Chief Executive Officer at DMARC. “We are currently seeing a 70% increase in use across our Food Pantry Network.”

The DMARC Food Pantry Network consists of 14 partner food pantries and multiple mobile food pantry locations across Greater Des Moines. DMARC’s partner pantries include Bidwell-Riverside Center, Caring Hands Eastview Food Pantry, Catholic Charities Outreach Center, Central Iowa Shelter & Services, Clive Community Services, Drake Area Food Pantry, IMPACT Ankeny, Johnston Partnership Place, Polk County Northside Food Pantry, Polk County River Place Food Pantry, Salvation Army Citadel, Salvation Army Temple, Urbandale Food Pantry, and West Des Moines Human Services.

About Aetna Medicaid
Aetna Medicaid Administrators LLC (Aetna Medicaid), a CVS Health company, has over 30 years of experience managing the care of the most medically vulnerable, using innovative approaches and a local presence in each market to achieve both successful health care results and effective cost outcomes. Aetna Medicaid has particular expertise serving high-need Medicaid members, including those who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare. Currently, Aetna Medicaid owns and/or administers Medicaid managed health care plans under the names of Aetna Better Health and other affiliate names. Together, these plans serve approximately 2.8 million people in 16 states, including Arizona, California, Florida, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. For more information, see

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