DMARC Mobile Food Pantry Responds to Flooding

At the beginning of this month the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry was tasked with something that had never been asked of it before. As many are aware the Des Moines area experienced historic flooding at the beginning of July, and for the first time DMARC’s Mobile Food Pantry was called in for flood victim relief efforts. It is the first time that the mobile food pantry has been called to respond to any sort of natural disaster by the local government according to Joe Dolack, the Mobile Food Pantry Manager. And Dolack would know, as he’s been running the mobile food ...

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Flood Victims Eligible to Receive Extra Food from DMARC in July

Victims of the recent floods will be able to access the DMARC Food Pantry Network twice during the month of July. Typically, visitors may only visit once per calendar month to receive a three-day supply of food, though extra items are always available any day the pantry is open. “We hope this additional supply of food will be a relief to those in our community who are struggling to get their lives back on track following this disaster,” said Rev. Sarai Schnucker Rice, executive director of DMARC. Last week, the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry suspended its regular ...

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“Project Fresh” to provide free fresh produce in July

During the month of July, the Aetna Foundation is partnering with DMARC on “Project Fresh” to provide free fresh produce to people in the greater Des Moines community facing food insecurity. “We are excited to partner with the Aetna Foundation on ‘Project Fresh,’” said DMARC Food Pantry Network Director Rebecca Whitlow. “People love being able to get fruits and vegetables that they otherwise might not be able to afford.” This is the third year the Aetna Foundation has partnered with DMARC to distribute free fresh produce. In 2016 and 2017, DMARC and ...

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DMARC Announces Two New Mobile Food Pantries

DMARC is pleased to share that it will receive two new Mobile Food Pantries, thanks to the generosity of Gregory and Suzie Glazer Burt and Variety - the Children’s Charity, who have provided funds to pay for the truck and trailers and the cost to retrofit both mobile pantries. The Partnership for a Hunger-Free Polk County will cover the remaining costs of the operation and DMARC will operate them and provide the food for both mobiles. The new mobile pantries will help children in the greater Des Moines community, thanks to the collaboration and partnership with ...

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Stamp Out Hunger 2018 Was a Huge Success!

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 ...

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Our Statement on H R 2

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 ...

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Diaper Drive Rocks Thanks to “33 and 1/3 Year Anniversary” Event

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 ...

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Ray Society Course on Interfaith Relationships

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 ...

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Stamp Out Hunger

May 12-19 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 ...

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