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

  • 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

  • Staff Spotlight: Luke Elzinga

    Staff Spotlight: Luke Elzinga

    Luke Elzinga joined DMARC in April of 2014. As Communications and Advocacy Manager, he writes and edits a variety of written material for print and web, designs print pieces and graphics, maintains dmarcunited.org, takes photos, produces videos, manages press outreach, leads DMARC’s advocacy efforts, and …Read More »
  • Staff Spotlight: Monica Curl

    Staff Spotlight: Monica Curl

    Get to know DMARC Development & Outreach Associate Monica Curl! What drew you to DMARC originally, and how has it changed since then? Just out of college I chose to become an AmeriCorps VISTA and as a VISTA I worked with three different organizations and …Read More »
  • Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah Engbretson

    Volunteer Spotlight: Sarah Engbretson

    This month we’re shining a spotlight on DMARC volunteer Sarah Engbretson, who serves on multiple DMARC committees and helps engage young professionals in fighting hunger. Thank you for all you do for DMARC, Sarah! Why do you volunteer with DMARC? I love how DMARC serves …Read More »
  • DMARC Applauds Historic Increase to SNAP Benefits

    DMARC Applauds Historic Increase to SNAP Benefits

    The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) applauds the recent announcement by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) on the re-evaluation of the Thrifty Food Plan, used to calculate benefit amounts for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known in Iowa as Food Assistance. …Read More »
  • DMARC Launches New Mobile Food Pantry Site at Merle Hay Mall

    DMARC Launches New Mobile Food Pantry Site at Merle Hay Mall

    DMARC is launching a new mobile food pantry site at Merle Hay Mall, starting Tuesday, August 3. The mobile food pantry will be on-location at the Merle Hay Applebee’s south parking lot every Tuesday evening from 4:00-6:00pm in conjunction with Applebee’s “Together We Care Tuesdays.” …Read More »
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