Hy-Vee Teams Up with Local Distributors for Thanksgiving Sales Promotion to Benefit DMARC

On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, representatives from Hy-Vee, Di Lusso Deli Company, Anderson Erickson Dairy, Doll Distributing, Summit Brewing Company and Gino's all met at the DMARC Food Pantry Network warehouse to deliver the proceeds from a sales promotion in November, 2016. "Take Steps to End Hunger in Des Moines" ran from November 13 - 26, 2016, with sales promotions on select items that included donations to the DMARC Food Pantry Network. The collaborative effort brought in $4,084.46 for the Food Pantry Network, as well as 3,200 jars of spaghetti sauce donated by ...

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A Holiday Meal Basket Message of Thanks

"I helped deliver a holiday meal basket to a family who was in need of Christmas help. My student's mom and dad are senior citizens who both have serious health issues. Mom just had back surgery and Dad has throat cancer and cannot talk. When I delivered the holiday meal basket to their home, they were so grateful. Even though Dad was unable to speak, I could see from his eyes that he was so grateful. Along with her parents, there are other adults in the household living there as the family support is needed to aid the student's parents. My student was also thankful ...

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DMARC Awarded $30,000 from Ignite Community Innovation Challenge

DMARC is proud to announce it has been awarded $30,000 for winning the Ignite Community Innovation Challenge! The announcement came directly following a Shark Tank-style pitch to community investors. DMARC was one of three finalists for the Challenge. DMARC's concept, Food Pantry 2.0, will contribute to the advancement of hunger relief services by reframing the food pantry experience from a client's perspective. Clients within DMARC's Food Pantry Network will be awarded more freedom to choose the foods that are most appropriate for their needs. In addition, Food ...

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Meredith Foundation Awards $2,500 for Healthy Food

The DMARC Food Pantry Network is proud to announce it has received a $2,500 grant from the Meredith Foundation to provide more healthy food options throughout our Food Pantry Network. Funding from the Meredith Foundation will be used to procure fresh and healthy food supplies for DMARC's Food Pantry Network. One hundred percent of the grant will be dedicated to direct food assistance for low-income individuals throughout Greater Des Moines. At this level of funding, DMARC will be able to provide approximately 4,300 healthy food items to 450 pantry clients. Purchased ...

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Wells Fargo Awards $15,000 for Healthy Food

DMARC is proud to announce it has been selected as a $15,000 grant recipient from Wells Fargo. This funding will be used to purchase more fresh and healthy food to distribute throughout DMARC's Food Pantry Network. We will be able to provide over 25,000 healthy food items with this grant, including fresh produce, frozen meats, dairy products, and low-sodium, low-sugar and low-fat food items. The DMARC Food Pantry Network began distributing fresh produce in 2009. That year, we distributed 5,193 lbs. of fresh produce. Six years later, in 2015, we distributed 488,244 lbs. ...

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Chicken of the Sea Donates $10,000

Chicken of the Sea donated $10,000 to DMARC/Move the Food on Thursday, May 15, 2014. The donation took place during a segment of "Great Day" on KCWI 23. Chicken of the Sea is celebrating their 100th Anniversary, and are travelling the United States donating $1 million to nonprofit organizations. The check was presented by Chicken of the Sea's Senior Vice President Christie Fleming to DMARC's Executive Director Rev. Sarai Schnucker-Rice. The donation of $10,000 supplies nearly 12,000 meals. Canned tuna is an affordable source of protein for meal boxes used at DMARC food ...

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Hy-Vee Colossal Cookie Sale Reaches Total Grocery Donations of $85,098

This year, Hy-Vee Food Stores from across the greater Des Moines area sold 552,617 cookies as part of the Colossal Cookie Sale benefiting the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network. Thanks, to ALL who bought cookies! Bakery lunchpail cookies sold for 12 cents each, and for each cookie sold, Hy-Vee is donating one penny of food products to the DMARC Food Pantry Network. Since the Cookie Sale began in 2003, Hy-Vee stores have sold over 8.5 million cookies and have donated more than $85,000 in food products to DMARC’s network of neighborhood ...

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DMARC Receives Over 10,000 Diapers in UnityPoint Health Systems Campaign

In the Iowa Health Systems 2-month-long Diaper-A-Day Campaign, the Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) has received the equivalent of 10,000 diapers, breaking last year’s total by 5,000! The diapers will help about 3,000 low-income families with toddlers and babies ages 24-months and younger. While safety-net programs such as SNAP (food assistance) and WIC (women, infants, and children) assist with the cost of formula and baby food, neither program covers necessities such as diapers and wipes. “Many of the young families receiving food assistance through ...

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DMARC Receives $10,000 Grant from Principal Financial Group Foundation

The Des Moines Area Religious Council has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the Principal Financial Group Foundation for its supportive services programs. “The Principal is dedicated to making Iowa a thriving community as a great place to live, work and play,” said Mary O’Keefe, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, the Principal Financial Group®. “We are very proud to help support an organization like DMARC that gives so much to our local community as well as Central Iowa. This donation helps shape the lives of those within our community that need ...

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Thank You for the Des Moines Register Aurora Award

Dear friends, supporters, volunteers, and partners, You've probably heard already that DMARC has been awarded the Des Moines Register's Aurora Award for 2010. I'm so pleased for all of you that our work together is being recognized. Because of you, the Des Moines Area Religious Council has been able to help meet basic needs of people in Des Moines, even in the midst of an historic recession.

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