About

The Des Moines Area Religious Council is an interfaith organization with a core membership of over 125 congregations from five faith traditions. Recipient of the 2012 LIVE UNITED Advocacy Award from the United Way of Central Iowa, DMARC provides a common means of responding to basic human needs and a context for interfaith dialogue.

DMARC manages a Food Pantry Network consisting of 14 separate partnering food pantry sites, a Mobile Food Pantry, two food warehouses, and numerous community supporters. The DMARC Food Pantry Network is health-based and is the largest food pantry network in Iowa. Food pantry sites are located in Des Moines, Ankeny, Clive, Johnston, Urbandale and West Des Moines.


Our mission at DMARC is working together to meet basic human needs for the greater Des Moines community – and that includes everyone. We strive to provide healthy, culturally appropriate food through our Food Pantry Network and welcome all those who need assistance, no matter their circumstances. We make every effort to treat each visitor to our food pantries with dignity and respect.

DMARC is an equal opportunity provider and does not discriminate on the basis of family size or structure, religious beliefs, cultural background, national origin, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, or disability.

Our Staff

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DMARC’s Board of Directors

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Our Faith Partners

Founded in 1952 through the cooperation of 13 local churches, DMARC is an interfaith organization that works with faith partners from across the religious spectrum.

Our History

Founded in 1952, DMARC has a long history in the Des Moines community.

Our Partners

DMARC works with many organizations, businesses, and partners to complete our mission.

Our Donors