Douglas M. Woods Memorial Hunger Challenge
March 1-31, 2024

Every single person has the opportunity to make a positive difference in their community. Doug Woods was one such person who found delight in giving and made a lasting difference in his community. This March (March 1 – 31), take the challenge for the 12th annual Douglas M. Woods Hunger Challenge. Your gift will be matched! The Douglas M. Woods Memorial Hunger Challenge is sponsored by the family of Mr. Woods and an anonymous donor.  DMARC is grateful for their continued support.

DMARC will forever be inspired by and grateful for his spirit of generosity. Although Doug would not say this, his life was one of service. He served his country in the Vietnam War and served his community as a deputy sheriff for Madison County and then as a police officer with the West Des Moines Police Department, retiring after 25 years.

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We are truly grateful to the family of Douglas M. Woods who has decided to carry on his legacy.

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When Doug was young, his father took him to southern Iowa. There, Doug saw the effects of hunger first-hand. This experience left a tremendous impact on him, and years later Doug remembered that experience and wanted to see how he could make a difference. He reached out to DMARC to see how he could help, and from there, the Douglas M. Woods Hunger Challenge was born! The goal – to create a challenge match that would not only help those facing food insecurity, but also encourage others to give generously. It was tremendously successful, and ten years later raised a total of over 800k dollars in support of the DMARC Food Pantry Network over ten years. This total included over 2,000 gifts that were donated to DMARC because and as part of his challenge. Giving gave Doug immense (and unexpected!) joy.

To say that Doug set an example in giving is an understatement.
To learn more about the life of Douglas M. Woods please visit: https://www.desmoinesregister.com/obituaries/dmr119349.