DMARC Statement on Sri Lanka Attacks

We are profoundly disturbed and saddened by the attacks in Sri Lanka today that targeted multiple Christian Churches on the day of their Easter celebrations. We stand in solidarity with the Christian community of Sri Lanka and around the world in grieving the lives lost. Once again, we are devastated by the violation of worship spaces and sacred days to commit acts of violence against religious communities. We call on our supporters and community to speak out against religious hatred in all forms. It is our shared responsibility to create a community in which all ...

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DUWIB Hosts Period Product Drive for DMARC

Last fall, Drake University Women In Business (DUWIB) was looking for a service project that would give back to women in Greater Des Moines. After a bit of research, the student organization came across the idea of hosting a tampon and pad drive, and decided it was a perfect fit. Recognizing that one in four menstruating people do not have access to period products due to a lack of income, the group coordinated with DMARC and held a drive for period products at the student center on campus. "Something as natural as a period should not be holding people back from their ...

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DMARC and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa Unveil ‘Refuel Station’

On Tuesday, April 2, DMARC and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa (BGCCI) unveiled the Refuel Station, a new mobile food pantry, which is to be used initially at local Boys & Girls Clubs locations. Joe Dolack, the mobile food pantry program manager for DMARC, Jodie Warth, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa CEO, and Mitch Wasden, Iowa Total Care CEO, all gave remarks at the event. The pantry is to provide Boys & Girls Clubs families with healthy, kid-friendly, grab-and-go food items. “Thanks everybody who has helped put this together,” Dolack said, “We ...

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DMARC Names New Board Members and Leadership

Denise Bubeck Denise Bubeck had the privilege of growing up in a minister’s home where she developed her passion for connecting with people. She received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Early Childhood from Crown College. She spent several years teaching as she and her husband raised their two sons. Denise has and continues to volunteer in a variety of capacities including political endeavors, the local food pantry, a refugee organization, an advisory board member for Iowans Supporting Israel, and her church. As a recent cancer survivor Denise ...

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DMARC Receives National Recognition for Food Pantry 2.0

DMARC recently received recognition from two national groups for its innovative work to provide incentives for healthy choices at food pantries through our Food Pantry 2.0 project. DMARC was recently announced as one of five finalists for the fourth annual Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) Partner of the Year Award. The Partner of the Year recipient will be announced at PHA's 2019 Summit: Accelerating a Healthier Future, April 1-2, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. According to PHA, "each of the partners selected has exemplified positive change through their ...

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Recovering Food for All in Need

DMARC has a plethora of ways to get food for our mobile and partner food pantries. While we do distribute food that is donated to us by individuals, most of our food is purchased with donated funds. As a matter of fact, we can stretch a dollar significantly further, when it comes to purchasing food items, than an individual purchasing food at the grocery store. This is not to say that we don’t appreciate food donations, but rather that monetary donations go much further. One way we receive food items that isn’t as well known is through our food recovery program. ...

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Statement on Christchurch Shootings

The Des Moines Area Religious Council stands in solidarity with the Muslim community in New Zealand, Greater Des Moines, and across the world today. We are heartbroken and sickened by the horrific attack on the Muslim community of Christchurch, New Zealand. Yet again, a violent anti-Muslim extremist has taken innocent lives in a place of worship. We call on our supporters and member congregations to speak out against anti-Muslim, antisemitic, and anti-religious hatred in all forms. Under no circumstances must hateful language be tolerated or given a pass. We call on ...

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Mobile Food Pantry Launching New Sites Next Week

Next week, the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry will visit four new mobile pantry partner locations throughout Greater Des Moines. Times and locations for new DMARC Mobile Food Pantry sites are as follows: Beginning Monday, February 11, the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry will visit Northwest Community Center, 5110 Franklin Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50310, every second and fourth Monday of the month from 12-2pm. Beginning Monday, February 11, the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry will visit Chapel Ridge West Apartments, 210 S 41st Street, West Des Moines, IA 50265, every second and fourth Monday ...

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Different Users, Same Results

Near the end of 2017, the food pantry at West Des Moines Human Services implemented a new "food pantry 2.0" system. Rather than a set number of food items families may receive per month, pantry visitors at West Des Moines Human Services are given a number of points to spend on their items. Healthy food choices are given lower point values, providing the opportunity for people to get more food if they select healthier options. The new system also allows visitors to come multiple times throughout the month to use their pantry points. Jenn Danielson, Vicky Arroyo, Dawt ...

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Lasting Impacts from the Government Shutdown

Last Friday, the longest government shutdown in US history finally came to an end. But there are still some lasting impacts for the DMARC Food Pantry Network. As a result of the shutdown, the USDA directed states to send out February's SNAP benefits early, no later than January 20. In Iowa, February's SNAP benefits were distributed on January 17. DMARC will likely see less food pantry use at the end of January, as SNAP participants have benefits to spend on groceries. However, as we move later in to February, we expect more people will turn to the DMARC Food Pantry ...

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