Move the Food


DMARC Food Pantry Network

Move the Food is a DMARC-led initiative to address the entire food system in Greater Des Moines, building on nearly 40 years of food assistance work, catalyzing fresh generations, and engaging new constituencies to further support a vision for a day when everyone in Polk County has enough to eat.


Seek Assistance

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.


Another resource, Eat Greater Des Moines, is dedicated to connecting available resources with the broader community in order to support the entire food lifecycle in Central Iowa. Eat Greater Des Moines is funded by DMARC, the United Way of Central Iowa, and Hormel Foods through a Healthy Communities Grant.

By the Numbers

The DMARC Food Pantry Network strives to meet the short-term needs of the food insecure in our area. In 2013:

  • 1,600,000 food items were distributed
  • 14,000 different families benefited from our service
  • 34,000 individuals served, half of whom were children and youth

Support DMARC

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.



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 volunteer online.