On Saturday, May 12, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) held their 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive across the nation, and the DMARC Food Pantry Network was the local beneficiary of the food drive in the greater Des Moines area.
That Saturday, letter carriers around the metro collected food donations from mailboxes and doorsteps, which were brought back to their local post offices, and then transported to the East Grandstands' Hall of Law and Flame at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.
All together, 63,402 pounds of food were collected during Stamp ...
The Des Moines Area Religious Council supports a bipartisan Farm Bill and opposes some proposed changes to SNAP which are included in the House Republican Farm Bill (H R 2), specifically those having to do with expanding the existing work requirements and eliminating categorical eligibility. While we do not oppose work requirements in theory, we believe the proposed changes will do more harm than good.
The truth is, most SNAP recipients who are able to work DO work – only 14% of all families receiving SNAP benefits in Iowa’s third congressional district as of ...
On Friday, April 20, 2018, DMARC supporters Carl and Susan Voss held a "33 1/3 Year Anniversary" event, along with a diaper drive to benefit DMARC! The Voss' know that SNAP dollars do not cover diapers - and that they are a huge need in our community.
Attendees submitted their favorite albums and a DJ was available to play them. The album covers served as name tags. Attendees also made contributions to DMARC's diaper fund.
In total, the event raised $993.33 for DMARC, enough to purchase 6,785 diapers!
Thank you, Carl and Susan, for your incredible support of ...
Join Rev. Sarah Trone Garriott, DMARC Coordinator of Interfaith Engagement, and many friends from the across the spectrum of faith at the upcoming Ray Society Class "Building Bridges: Interfaith Relationships." The four sessions will take place Mondays April 30, May 7, 14, and 21 from 10-11:30. For more information or to register click here: http://www.drake.edu/raysociety/
Diversity is not good. Diversity is not bad. Diversity just is—and it’s a fact of our changing world. Rather, the good or the bad is a result of our response to that diversity. This course ...
On Saturday, May 12, the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will be holding their 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger® food drive, and DMARC needs your help to sort tens of thousands of donated food items!
How You Can Help
We are organizing hundreds of volunteers to help us date-check, seal-check, and sort these food items from Monday, May 14 through Friday, May 18, and additional volunteers to help with clean-up on Saturday, May 19. Shifts are only two hours long - perfect for individuals and groups!
For more information, please contact DMARC's ...
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 ...