This article originally appeared in the Feb/Mar/Apr 2018 issue of The Voice.
DMARC is excited to announce that loyal contributor Doug Woods has doubled his annual “Challenge Hunger” match from $10,000 to $20,000!
For retired West Des Moines police officer Doug Woods, the convergence of “The Grapes of Wrath,” a primitive southern Iowa home, and a Bible verse led to his self-described “spiritual awakening”—and, soon after, the launch of the first Douglas M. Woods Hunger Challenge to benefit the DMARC Food Pantry Network.
Doug was a picky eater as a ...
This November, the DMARC Food Pantry Network served more individuals and households in Greater Des Moines than any other month in its 41-year history.
"We were expecting this November to be our highest month of usage," said DMARC executive director Rev. Sarai Schnucker Rice, "but we were not expecting to serve almost 3,000 more people than we did last November."
In November, the DMARC Food Pantry Network served 21,079 individuals (8,518 households), an increase of 14% from November 2016. This is also the first month ever that the DMARC Food Pantry Network served over ...
The DMARC office and warehouse will close at noon on Friday, December 22 and will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1 for the holidays.
The DMARC Mobile Food Pantry will be closed on Monday, December 25 and Monday, January 1 for the holidays. On Friday, December 22, the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry will close at noon. The Canterbury Heights mobile site will be pushed to the next Friday, December 29, from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Holiday hours across the DMARC Food Pantry Network are available below. Download a PDF.
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On Sunday, June 25, the Core Cast Performing Group from the Nauvoo Pageant in Historic Nauvoo, Illinois, performed the musical program Our Story Goes On at First Christian Church in Des Moines. Over 400 people turned out to see the performance, which held a free-will offering fundraiser for the DMARC Food Pantry Network.
"Our Story Goes On" brought in $2,239 in individual contributions to support the Food Pantry Network. DMARC also received a $1,200 check from the Des Moines Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at the event, from funds that were ...
The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network recently received a Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant of $10,000. The grant will allow DMARC to provide more than 17,200 healthy and nutritious meals, or the equivalent of a three-day supply of food for 1,800 hungry Iowans.
“At a time when the state of Iowa ranks 50th in the nation for consumption of fresh produce, it is imperative that we provide healthy, nutritious food for those who need it most,” said DMARC executive director Rev. Sarai Schnucker Rice. “We thank Prairie Meadows for ...
The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) has announced a commitment to the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to continue its innovative work on incentivizing healthy food choices through the DMARC Food Pantry Network.
“The Partnership for a Healthier America is excited to team up with the Des Moines Area Religious Council’s Food Pantry Network to explore innovative ways of incentivizing healthy eating at food pantries,” said Larry Soler, President and CEO of the Partnership for a Healthier America. “By partnering with local organizations like DMARC, ...
The Des Moines Area Religious Council stands with the Islamic Center of Des Moines and all Muslims who call our city and state home. We condemn any and all acts of religious hatred and intolerance, and we call on our member congregations to join us in doing so. Freedom of worship is one of our essential rights as Americans. Religious persecution has no place in the community of Greater Des Moines or the state of Iowa. Additionally, we call on our community leaders to set positive, inclusive examples for our citizens by speaking against these types of hate-filled acts.
For decades, Iowa has been a beacon of hope for people from around the world seeking refuge from war and religious persecution. Any form of discrimination on the basis of religion is not only a violation of the Constitution, it is also a denial of our values as Iowans. As an interfaith organization, the Des Moines Area Religious Council stands with our brothers and sisters of all faith traditions against religious discrimination and intolerance, and calls on our community to unite in love against any attempt to limit the rights of religious communities who call Greater Des ...
On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, representatives from Hy-Vee, Di Lusso Deli Company, Anderson Erickson Dairy, Doll Distributing, Summit Brewing Company and Gino's all met at the DMARC Food Pantry Network warehouse to deliver the proceeds from a sales promotion in November, 2016.
"Take Steps to End Hunger in Des Moines" ran from November 13 - 26, 2016, with sales promotions on select items that included donations to the DMARC Food Pantry Network. The collaborative effort brought in $4,084.46 for the Food Pantry Network, as well as 3,200 jars of spaghetti sauce donated by ...