Food Pantry Network
People seeking assistance in the Des Moines metro area can go to one of 13 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 FY 2016-2017, the DMARC Food Pantry Network:
- Assisted over 48,000 unique individuals
- Assisted nearly 20,000 unique households
- Distributed over 1.8 million food items
Because DMARC is committed to providing food to 13 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 13 partner pantry sites.
The DMARC Food Pantry warehouse operates Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and on Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 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.
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.