Food Pantry Network
People seeking assistance in the Des Moines metro area can go to one of 12 partner food pantry sites to receive a three-day supply of food for themselves and their families once per month at no cost. To find out which pantry serves your area, use our mapping tool or call 515-277-6969.
By the Numbers
In 2015, the DMARC Food Pantry Network:
- Assisted over 19,000 unique families
- Assisted over 42,000 unique individuals
- Distributed over 1.9 million food items
Because DMARC is committed to providing food to 12 neighborhood pantry sites at no cost, we have to rely on support from our generous contributors. Financial contributions are used to buy food at wholesale while donated food items are sorted, repackaged and then given to the pantry sites.Donate
Volunteers in the DMARC Food Pantry warehouse have three main responsibilities.
- Count all incoming individual food items.
- Check each food item for container integrity and expiration date.
- Package food for distribution to the 12 partner pantry sites.
The DMARC Food Pantry warehouse operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Volunteers normally work from either 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. or from 1:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. There is, however, a considerable amount of flexibility associated with times and frequency that a volunteer can participate. (During the summer, warehouse hours are shortened on Fridays to 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.)
If you have any questions concerning volunteer opportunities contact the DMARC Food Pantry Warehouse Manager Daniel Beck at 515-282-2026. You can also sign up to volunteer online.