Des Moines Area Religious Council

Our Mission

Working together to meet basic human needs for the greater Des Moines community.

Our Services

Learn more about our Food Pantry Network and Interfaith Engagement.


Latest News from DMARC

  • Attacks on Public Assistance Programs are Offensive and Wrong

    Attacks on Public Assistance Programs are Offensive and Wrong

    By Matt Unger, Chief Executive Officer, DMARC For 70 years, the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) has been bringing people together from across the religious spectrum to meet basic human needs for Greater Des Moines. One thing that people of all faith backgrounds can …Read More »
  • DMARC Statement on Hostage Situation at Congregation Beth Israel

    DMARC Statement on Hostage Situation at Congregation Beth Israel

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) stands with the Jewish community of Colleyville, Texas, and with the wider Jewish community of Greater Des Moines, the state of Iowa, and the world. While we are relieved that all four hostages were physically unharmed, Saturday’s hostage …Read More »
  • DMARC Statement on Bomb Threat at Burns United Methodist Church

    DMARC Statement on Bomb Threat at Burns United Methodist Church

    This weekend, DMARC was saddened to learn about the bomb threat directed at Burns United Methodist Church, a Historically Black Church that has been a part of our community for over 150 years. This threat is not one that should be taken lightly. Throughout our …Read More »
  • Opportunities

    Opportunities

    by Tara Leigh Kramer. A shorter version of this article first appeared in the Nov/Dec/Jan 2021-2022 issue of The Voice. One definition of the word “opportunity” is “a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.” I fell ill, and my symptoms became …Read More »
  • Marisol’s Story

    Marisol’s Story

    by Leslie Garman, Director of Development & Outreach “If you were here right now, I’d give you a hug!” No, I’m not the one saying that; Marisol, a DMARC food pantry visitor is. And she’s saying it because she’s grateful—to you. Thanks to you and …Read More »
  • Support DMARC this Season of Giving

    Support DMARC this Season of Giving

    Looking for a way to give back this holiday season? You can support DMARC during the month of December with our Season of Giving Calendar (31 days) or Advent Calendar (24 days). From donating funds and food to learning more about DMARC and the issue …Read More »
  • Staff Spotlight: Michael Sirois

    Staff Spotlight: Michael Sirois

    Get to know DMARC Warehouse Associate Michael Sirois! What drew you to DMARC originally, and how has it changed since then? Well to be honest, I got a text from Andrew (another member of the DMARC team) asking me if I was looking for a …Read More »
  • DMARC Honors the Life of Forrest Harms

    DMARC Honors the Life of Forrest Harms

    Rev. Forrest Harms, former Executive Director of the Des Moines Area Religious Council, passed away on November 5 at the age of 79. Harms served as Executive Director of DMARC for 17 years, from January 1990 to July 2007. Rev. Harms was dedicated to the …Read More »
  • DMARC Launches Mobile Food Pantry at CareMore Health with $10,000 Donation from Amerigroup Foundation

    DMARC Launches Mobile Food Pantry at CareMore Health with $10,000 Donation from Amerigroup Foundation

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) is launching a mobile food pantry with a recent $10,000 Amerigroup Foundation donation at CareMore Health’s Des Moines Care Center, 1530 East Euclid Avenue in Des Moines. DMARC’s mobile food pantry will be on-location at CareMore from 2:00-4:00pm …Read More »
  • Help “Scare Away Hunger!” with DMARC this Halloween

    Help “Scare Away Hunger!” with DMARC this Halloween

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