Mobilizing to Meet the Need

This article originally appeared in the Nov/Dec/Jan 2018-19 issue of The Voice. On Wednesday, October 3, The Partnership for a Hunger Free Polk County dedicated two new mobile food pantries at the Ellis I. Levitt Boys & Girls Club at Carver Elementary in Des Moines. The two new mobile food pantries were made possible thanks to the generosity of Gregory and Suzie Glazer Burt, Charlotte and Fred Hubbell, Variety-the Children's Charity, and The Partnership for a Hunger Free Polk County. The additional mobile food pantries will allow DMARC to reach more locations at a ...

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Mobile Food Pantry Launches at Oakridge Neighborhood

On Monday, August 20, the DMARC Mobile Food Pantry was on-site at the Oakridge Neighborhood near the basketball courts from 12:00-2:00pm. The Mobile Food Pantry will be there at the same time every third and fourth Monday of the month. Oakridge Neighborhood is located just north of Unity Point/Methodist Hospital on the northeast corner of Center and Crocker Streets. "Hunger happens 365 days of the year, and it happens for thousands of individuals right here in Polk County," said Oakridge Neighborhood CEO Teree Caldwell-Johnson. "This Oakridge and DMARC partnership will ...

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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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DMARC Awarded Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant

The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) Food Pantry Network recently received a Prairie Meadows Community Betterment Grant of $10,000. The grant will allow DMARC to provide more than 17,200 healthy and nutritious meals, or the equivalent of a three-day supply of food for 1,800 hungry Iowans. “At a time when the state of Iowa ranks 50th in the nation for consumption of fresh produce, it is imperative that we provide healthy, nutritious food for those who need it most,” said DMARC executive director Rev. Sarai Schnucker Rice. “We thank Prairie Meadows for ...

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DMARC Announces Commitment to the Partnership for a Healthier America

The Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) has announced a commitment to the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) to continue its innovative work on incentivizing healthy food choices through the DMARC Food Pantry Network. “The Partnership for a Healthier America is excited to team up with the Des Moines Area Religious Council’s Food Pantry Network to explore innovative ways of incentivizing healthy eating at food pantries,” said Larry Soler, President and CEO of the Partnership for a Healthier America. “By partnering with local organizations like DMARC, ...

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Holiday Food Pantry Hours

The following is a list of holiday food pantry hours. If you have any questions, or would like to update a listing, please contact DMARC Communications Manager Luke Elzinga. Friday, December 23, 2016 DMARC Office and Warehouse 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Impact Community Action Partnership (Ankeny) Closed Clive Community Services 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Bidwell-Riverside Center 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Central Iowa Shelter & Services 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Drake Area Food Pantry Closed Polk County River Place Food Pantry Closed ...

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November Shatters Food Pantry Network Usage Record

This November, the DMARC Food Pantry Network served more individual and families than any other month in our 40-year history of food assistance. 18,415 individuals sought food assistance from the Food Pantry Network in November 2016. Last November, which had previously held the record, saw 16,281 individuals served. This is an increase of over 2,000 people, or 13.1%! DMARC also served significantly more families than ever before. November 2016 was the first time we've ever served over 7,000 families in a single month: 7,453. Interpreting the Data Some ...

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Douglas M. Woods “Challenge Hunger” Campaign

This article was first published as "'Spiritual Awakening' Leads to Douglas M. Woods 'Challenge Hunger' Campaign" in the Feb/Mar/Apr 2015 issue of The Voice. by Kristine Frakes, Development Director What do The Grapes of Wrath, a primitive southern Iowa farmhouse, and a Bible verse have in common? For retired West Des Moines police officer Doug Woods, the convergence of these writings and memories of a boyhood experience led to his self-described "spiritual awakening" in 2012- and, soon after, the launch of the first Douglas M. Woods Hunger Challenge to benefit ...

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DMARC Hosts Downtown Chamber Lunch, Learn, and Volunteer

DMARC and the Des Moines Downtown Chamber hosted a Lunch, Learn, and Volunteer event on Tuesday, December 9, 2014. Guests were served lunch by Lambert & Ewers while they listened to DMARC Food Pantry Network Director Rebecca Whitlow talk about DMARC’s programs and services. This was the first Lunch, Learn, and Volunteer put on by the Downtown Chamber. “Lunch, Learn, and Volunteer was created as a response to the fact that we have a large number of nonprofit organizations among our Downtown Chamber members, and each have a great story to tell,” said ...

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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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